Sated with Favor

Nothing too deep this morning, just something that brings a certain measure of delight. No new insight, but a familiar infusion of well-being. A short three-word phrase written to another but I sense preserved for me. Three words taken out of context, nevertheless true.

A reminder that I am sated with favor.

And of Naphtali he said, “O Naphtali, sated with favor, and full of the blessing of the LORD, possess the lake and the south.”

(Deuteronomy 33:23 ESV)

Sated with favor. True of this tribe of Jacob. True of the people who had been delivered from Egypt, who had wandered for 40 years through the desert, and who were ready to enter the promised land. And true of this guy in this chair.

Sated with favor. Not just abounding in God’s delight and goodwill, but satisfied with it as well. That’s the difference between being full and being sated, satisfaction.

You can be full and yet dissatisfied. Full and yet want more. Full, but not happy with what your full with.

You can be full and yet your stomach hurts. Full and the pain robs you of potential pleasure. Full and focused on desired ease rather than on all that God’s determined you possess.

Moses’s last words to the twelve tribes must certainly have been bittersweet. All the possibility of the land before them, yet knowing the propensity to grumble still active within them.

Oh, that they would know afresh and forever whose they were. That they would see that, regardless of present circumstance or of what tomorrow might bring, they were brimming with blessing because they were God’s redeemed people.

“Yes, He loved His people, all His holy ones were in His hand . . .”

(Deuteronomy 33:3a ESV)

And if this people of the old covenant were sated with favor, how much more those of us who have known the blessings of the new covenant.

Forgiven of our sin. Justified through His atoning sacrifice. Given the Spirit of adoption so that we can cry, “Abba, Father!” Forever sealed. Continually sanctified. His grace always sufficient. His love ever abounding.

Sated with favor! Ya’ think?!?

Nothing too deep . . . save the deep testimony of His Spirit with mine. Beloved of God. Sated with favor.

It is well with my soul.

Because of grace. For His glory.

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