Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Phil 4:11-12)~ We see it as easy to be comfortable and content when we are in a good place. We find it easily within us the “ability” and “desire” to acknowledge and even squeak out a little praise when we feel like God has blessed us with answered prayers, success, material prosperity and those things that talk to the ‘favor’ of God. But do we recognize the favor of God when life isn’t giving us that desire to smile? It seems as though we find ourselves more often in bonds, imprisonments, and necessities; with varying stages of pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not received, and fickle disrelish of present things, make us at times to appear discontented even under favorable circumstances. True ‘favor’ not only gives us the blessings of standing at center stage of His provision; but when it seems like the Light is not on us, it turns out that this may actually be when it’s at its brightest! If you look at all of those areas we seem to feel slighted about, His provision is there too. In the hardest points of our lives, God shows us favor because we got through those hard points. When we are having bad days on the job, He is giving us favor because somewhere, somebody is in the unemployment line with benefits about to run out while you’ve got a job to go to. When it seems like you’re all alone, remember that you can talk to Him because He’s never left or forsaken you. It’s not just when things are going in what you see as your favor, that you’re getting favor, but realize that when you feel like you’re struggling most, is when His favor is even more upon you. Let us pray for patient submission and hope when we are at our lowest; and for humility and a heavenly mind when we are exalted; because in all cases, we are in His divine favor!