‘…find favour…in the sight of God and man.’ Proverbs 3:4 NKJV
To fulfil your God-given assignment in life you will need God’s favour! How did Joseph go from being a lowly inmate to running the whole prison system? ‘…The Lord was with Joseph…and He gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison…whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.’ (Genesis 39:21-23 NKJV) Why did King Ahasuerus choose a Jewish slave girl named Esther to be his queen? ‘…She obtained grace and favour in his sight…so he set the royal crown upon her head…’ (Esther 2:17 NKJV) How did Samuel go from being a custodian in the temple to being a prophetic voice of the nation? ‘…Samuel grew…in favour both with the Lord and men.’ (1 Samuel 2:26 NKJV) What did all these favoured people have in common?
First, they gave their best effort. They excelled at what God gave them to do, and when the time came He promoted them. Secondly, they put others first. David served King Saul even though he was a ruthless boss. Ruth worked to support her widowed mother-in-law Naomi, unlike Naomi’s other daughter-in-law Orpah. Thirdly, they sought guidance and had a teachable spirit. God answered Ruth’s request by giving her Naomi, the right mentor; Boaz, the right boss; and making sure she got into the right field (Ruth 2:2-3). God’s favour will connect you to the right people and get you to the right place. When your chosen field is the field God has chosen for you, you can’t help but be blessed in it. No, you won’t be exempt from trials, but you’ll succeed in what you’re called to do.
SoulFood: Ps 118:19-29, Matt 21:1-16