However, favor is not always used in a comparative way toward others. It sometimes simply means that the one favored is shown kindness and treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected. This is generally the favor that we receive from the Lord. We are treated much better than we could expect. Of course, every believer is favored to some degree. Therefore, we must understand God's favor in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Also, it is important not to think of this favor in material or worldly terms. God's favor most likely will be given in spiritual blessings more than in material blessings.
Here are some of the ways by which we obtain the favor of the Lord:
- By praying unto the Lord (Job 33:26).
- By keeping the commandments of the Lord (Proverbs 3:1-4).
- By seeking and finding God's wisdom (Proverbs 8:35).
- By diligently seeking good (Proverbs 11:27; 12:2).
- By living righteously (Proverbs 14:9)