A Man Who Has God’s Favor
As I look back over my life, I can see the many mentors the Lord placed in my path and the impact they’ve had on my life. If I have one regret, it was not having enough sense to take the time to listen to my own grandparents, specifically my grand fathers, as I was growing up. It was only after they were gone that I realized how much I had lost in family history and wisdom from 2 men who grew up and lived through the early part of the 20th century.
I was fortunate though, the Lord brought others into my life, specifically my wife’s grand parents. Instead of dreading being around the ‘old people’ when we went to visit, I would stop and listen to the stories of their lives as they would relate them during dinner or work around the house. They both experienced WW 1 and 2 along with the great depression. Those experiences had shaped who they had become, individuals with great character. Knowing them blessed me greatly.
Look around you today and survey the landscape of your life. If you are a younger person, look for wisdom in your parents, grandparents, elders of the church or other ‘old people’ the Lord has place in your lives. Their knowledge and wisdom will benefit you more than you can begin to understand.
If you are an older person, say 50+ years on the planet. Then be patient with your children and grand children. Take the time to listen to them and they will take the time to listen to you. I have found nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
A Man Who Has God’s Favor
by Os Hillman
“…Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.” – Zechariah 8:23
Few men of God have become extraordinary people of faith without the influence of mentors. A mentor is one who takes responsibility for the spiritual and, sometimes, physical care of another. It requires a commitment from the teacher and the student.
Elijah mentored Elisha. Elisha became one of the greatest prophets in the entire Bible. One of the primary reasons for this was Elisha’s hunger. Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. It was this hunger that drove Elisha to be sold out to God’s purposes for his life.
I have been privileged to have had many mentors throughout my spiritual life. In each stage of my maturity, God brought new mentors who had unique gifts that the previous mentor did not have. God has given me the hunger to desire a double portion of those positive attributes of my mentors. This desire is sorely missing among many today. I fail to see the hunger among many who could be used greatly in the Kingdom. Instead, the cares of this world distract them. It is an attitude of a la carte versus an attitude of pressing in to the full measure of what God might have for them.
Who are the people of God He has placed in your life? Are you learning from them? Are you seeking a double portion of their anointing? What prevents you from gaining from their wisdom and experience? God may have brought them into your life to prepare you to be a man or woman of God with great anointing. However, there is a time of training and waiting to prove out your own faith. Ask God today if there is someone He would have you mentor or be mentored by.