Many people don’t believe in unmerited favour, because such stories always seem staged and too good to be true. Many have missed out on such heavenly experiences majorly because of their belief systems. Some pray amiss (James 4:3), while others don’t even feel worthy of grace because of guilt. Recently, as I struggled to believe God for something spectacular in my life, I remembered an experience I had way back in Primary School and it has reminded me of God’s unfathomable grace (Ephesians 3:20).
While I was in Primary School, I hardly brought lunch to school. I don’t even remember having a lunch box. My wonderful Mum either gave me lunch money or sent someone to bring my lunch to my class. I always felt so special whenever they brought lunch for me.
So it was just another day in Primary Two and we were having the dreaded Mathematics class. We were learning the Times Table at the time when we were rescued by the bell for break time. My Mum didn’t give me lunch money that day and told me she was sending my lunch as usual. So I sat patiently as I hoped my lunch would arrive on time as usual, so I could eat up and go play with my friends outside.
Unmerited Favour: Raw Materials
So I had this seat partner who was a girl. Let’s call her name Kiki (because what God did through her got me in my feelings). She always brought her lunch to class, but for reasons best known to her own parents, she didn’t come with her lunch box, neither was she given any lunch money for the day.
Minutes flew by as I grew hungrier, and I couldn’t go out to play so I didn’t miss my lunch when it came. I asked Kiki why she didn’t have lunch and she simply shrugged in a clueless manner. She also asked me why I hadn’t gone for break, and I said my lunch was running late. I and Kiki then rested our heads on the desk as we consoled each other in lunchless matrimony.
Unmerited Favour: Work in Process
After a few minutes, these two seniors just strolled into the class with a lunch pack. I sat up for joy immediately as that had to be my lunch pack. They walked down to my seat and as I prepared to receive my parcel, they handed the lunch pack to Kiki and said her Mum sent them to her.
I was confused as I didn’t understand what had just happened. They gave her the lunch pack convincingly and she also gladly received the lunch pack convincingly. She immediately opened the lunch pack and started eating. This girl didn’t even offer me a bite or a sip. She finished the whole lunch. Kiki got me in my feelings.
Unmerited Favour: Finished Goods
Break time was over and I managed to go through the rest of the period on an empty stomach. I don’t even remember having breakfast that day (That’s why I have inbuilt six packs till this day).
When I got home, I complained to my Mum that I went the whole day without food. I asked her why she didn’t send my lunch as she promised. She was shocked and insisted that she sent two seniors to bring my lunch to me.
It turned out that those seniors were sent to me, that lunch pack was mine, Kiki ate my lunch and she got me in my feelings.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:26-30,
26. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
It is one thing to hear of stories of unmerited favour and it is another thing to experience it first-hand. Today, I am encouraged and my faith is greatly increased. The same God, who diverted those two seniors to convincingly give Kiki my lunch, who had no hopes of eating lunch that day, will re-direct men and resources to favour me in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!
I AM A CANDIDATE OF UNMERITED FAVOUR!!!
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!