How to find favour
In Proverbs 3:3-4, we read the key to finding favour:
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
Bind them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favour and a good name
In the sight of God and man.
A word study on the words for love and faithfulness in this Bible passage shows that they have similarities: they both have the element of steadfastness. The word for love here means steadfast love, mercy, loving-kindness, faithfulness, goodness, devotion. The word for faithfulness means steadfast, endure, faithfulness, to be true, to trust. So in summary, the person who finds favour with God and man is the person who is loving, kind, faithful, merciful, devoted, steadfast and trustworthy: they are faithful. They are the kind of people that others want to be around because not only are they loving and kind, but they are trustworthy. They mean what they say and say what they mean. Their word is their bond. They can be counted on to fulfill their obligations.
If you want favour and blessing to show up in unexpected places and times you must ask o the original questions: "What am I becoming?" "Am I faithful?"
Do you follow through with commitments? Are you trustworthy? Can you be counted on? Do you deal with people in a loving and kind way? Do people want to be around you?
Gifts and talents are important but, without character to sustain them, they really are a flash in the pan. Steadfast character, love and faithfulness open doors for favour and blessings - and a good name in the sight of God and man.