Favor in the Midst of Collapse
Since learning about the favor of God, my wife, Linda, and I have been experiencing the promise of Deuteronomy 28:2, which says, “All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God.”
I can actually look back and take inventory of the occurrences of God’s favor manifesting in many areas of our life. It has happened so many times that I now expect that favor to show up in my behalf.
Owning a real estate corporation in California has provided me with an excellent proving ground for a lifestyle of walking in faith. In a typical real estate transaction, there are many opportunities for problems to arise. I’ve found that difficulties often bring out either the worst or the best in those involved in the transaction, including buyers, sellers, lenders, agents, appraisers and inspectors. Regardless of the situation, I know that God is my source of supply, and that His favor surrounds me as a shield.
Before the housing market collapsed, our small firm was targeted by a worldwide real estate franchise whose profits were being impacted by our success. Not only did they court our employees, but they also threatened a lawsuit, claiming that the color we used on a portion of our yard sign violated their copyrighted signs. The favor of God delivered us from that situation, and the company that had come against us ended up closing their office in our area.
In 2006, we opened a second office, and the favor of God not only brought us $45,000 worth of new office furniture and equipment, but also enabled us to move in with very little start-up cost. When the market collapsed, and many of our agents had to find employment outside the real estate industry, we decided to close that office. But God’s favor provided us with a tenant that took over the lease and even paid us a commission for our services.
Prior to the collapse of the real estate market, I had negotiated to represent the developer of a housing tract slated to contain 28 homes, some of which were already under construction. When the market collapsed, the builder lost his funding, leaving 12 empty houses and an unfinished tract of land. For the next two years, I regularly drove through that tract, confessing that the favor of God would enable me to sell those homes. One day, I got a call from a construction company that had purchased the site and was going to complete the homes. A broker whom I had never met had given the new owners my name and told them to call me because I was a nice guy. The favor of God overtook me and made it possible for me to list and sell all 12 of the finished homes.
We have experienced God’s favor in receiving many listings from REO banks, and we have assisted countless buyers to secure homes. Every car we have owned since we first began to declare the favor of God has been paid off in less than a year. Our business remains profitable, and we have been able to help our children with their college and living expenses. The favor of God has given us vacations, parking spots, shopping deals and hotel rooms. In every type of situation, God always finds a way to make sure we are favored.
After having experienced the favor of God and an unending source of supply for so many years, Linda and I heard the Lord speak in 2010, saying that we needed to finish our commitments, sell our home, and be willing to move as He would direct us into ministry. We have been blessed to live in one of the nicest homes in our area, but the Lord told us that He has prepared a home that is much better for us. Although He said that we would not be able to understand until we see it, I believe Him, because He always favors us. As we prepare for the move, I declare daily that we will leave this place the same way the children of Israel left Egypt—with gold in our pockets.
I do not always know when, where or how it will happen, but the favor of God always shows up to bless me, my family, our business and our ministry.