‘I entreated Your favour.’ Psalm 119:58 NKJV
One moment of God’s favour will do more for you than a lifetime of striving. Through the favour of God, Ruth went from being a penniless widow to becoming the wife of Boaz, a wealthy man. It’s what made Esther a queen and positioned her to save the Jewish nation. As you begin to walk in God’s favour, doors of opportunity open, the right people are drawn to you, and you discover ideas, strategies and resources in the most unexpected places. Does that mean you won’t experience opposition? No; when you’re doing anything worthwhile you must expect flak from those who aren’t privy to God’s plan for your life. It goes with the turf. But the Bible says even ‘the king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever He pleases.’ (Proverbs 21:1 NLT) Like changing the direction of a moving stream, God can change people’s hearts and give you favour with those who might otherwise reject or overlook you.
Solomon writes, ‘When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.’ (Proverbs 16:7 GWT) So, when people oppose or disagree with you, just concentrate on pleasing God and let Him deal with the fallout. Remember, God takes up where you leave off. He can give you blessings that, humanly speaking, you don’t deserve and qualify for. Just as the Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to fulfil His life’s mission, He will equip and enable you to fulfil His plan for your life (see Luke 4:18–19). So, stop trying so hard to make things happen on your own terms, and start praying for God’s favour. He has promised it to you and He keeps His promises.
SoulFood: 1 Chr 23:21–26:19, Mark 5:1–10, Ps 119:65–72, Prov 21:10–13
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