Much attention is given in the Word as to how we access God. It is often referred to as “favour”. Zodak received it by carrying the Ark back to the city, as did David, Mary, and even Jesus for their specific acts.
We are told, however, that God loved us first, in the sense we are granted His favour even before we ask. We receive it before we qualify by doing anything. We must concern ourselves with what it is that we must do to retain His blessings. This we cannot earn through our perception of “Good works”.
A start would be responding to His commandments.
Another would be listening to the voice within us; His Spirit
Our culture is one of gaining recognition by positioning ourselves on internet media, joining groups with common dedications, responding to the call of our churches, and by setting a criteria for Christian behavior of our own invention. Too often some of those are misguided.
God’s promise of forgiveness for our sins and indiscretions would suggest that it is impossible to fall from grace; yet talk to the whole city of Babel. Talk to the legions of pursuers of Moses at the river (If one could).
How then does this all work?
In many ways God has specific expectations for each of us that separates us from all others. Society, the Church, and dedicated groups have no idea what that unique mission might be. Only God does.
His yardstick is precise; His expectation is personal. His reward is in direct measure to our actual achievement… Not just “good deeds” according to societal dictates.
What does God want; a mind reader? Absolutely. His mind is totally accessible. His voice is clear if we set aside all for prayer While we might expect it to be audible, often it is not. He has many ways of giving us the course through subtle and profound circumstances.