Prov 8:35 For whoso findeth me (wisdom) findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.
Prov 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
The wisdom of God that is found in God’s Word, His truth, is multifaceted and covers many areas of daily living. In the New Testament it is called the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10) which is insight perfectly suited to our situation that shows what, when, and how to do something (Ecclesiastes 8:5). This multifaceted wisdom is ours in Christ (1 Cor. 1:30) but when acted upon it creates streams of God’s favor to come toward us (Proverb 8:35).
Favor will do for us what it did for Joseph and that is God’s favor can promote us. Genesis 39:21 says, “But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” The phrase “found favor in the eyes of” or “in the sight of” can be found not only here in Genesis 39:21, but in numerous passages of Scripture in the OT. That is a difference between grace and favor in that it causes something about you to be noticed by others. Favor is God’s gracious kindness, blessing, and influence upon you that:
1. causes good things to happen in your life.
2. causes people to like, notice, promote, and treat you well.
Joseph was in prison (a confining circumstance) but prison couldn’t stop the favor of God. Confinement cannot stop favor. Increase the wisdom of God in your life and the Lord will give you favor in the sight of all the people in your interactions, appointments, and contacts in your world today.