Summary: The favour of God will come upon every one that lives in righteousness and will bring divers blessings upon them. A man that refuses to please God will be separated from His favour.
Study Text: Psalms 5:12
For You; O Jehovah, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
- It is seen here that God is willing to bless the rightoeus and also protect him with the weapon of favour. When the favour of God is upon a man, he will be secured and protected against all oppositions and anti-favour moves of men.
- We can see this kind of favor operating in the life of Daniel. He and all the Israelites were prisoners in Babylon. For reasons that can't be explained naturally, though, he had favor with the leaders of the land.
"Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs" (Dan. 1:9).
- In other accounts we learn that Daniel had so much favor with the leaders of the land, he was elevated to prestigious positions in the Babylonian kingdom. Even though the circumstances were stacked against him, Daniel eventually became the prime minister of Babylon.
- We shall look at the study under 3 sub-headings:
1. The Description of Divine Favour
2. The Direction of Divine Favour
3. The Destruction of Divine Favour
1. The Description of Divine Favour
a.) When a man is selected for something good among many qualified counterperts.
For instance, Esther was selected among several other beautiful ladies that are qualified to be the queen. Esther 2: 15-17
b.) When a man is chosen for the position he is not naturally qualified for, especially among others that are far better than him. David was the most unqualified person naturally in his family, but God rejected others to look for him. 1 Samuel 16: 11-13
c.) When a man seeks the face of God in Prayer, and have all his request granted. A very good example is the account of Jabez. 1 Chron 4: 9-10.
d.) When help is made available unto a man at a time and from a place he least expected. Like the case of the man waiting at the pool of Bethesda. John 17: 1-15
e.) When a man is called by God to the great work when he was not thinking about God. We saw the case of Paul, God called him when he was due for destruction. Acts 9: 1-6
f.) When a man is guided to take a little effort, that lead to great achievement. Peter toiled throughout the night with great failure, but at the word of the Lord, he had a great success.
g.) When a man is always receiving kindness from others as a result of God’s hand on his life. At every turbulent time in the life of Joseph, he was always finding help from somebody.
- Now basically, amongst several other things Divine Favour will do certain things for you.
- The favour of God found Moses at the backside of the desert. It found David where he was looking after the sheep. It found Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus.
- Another thing that favour does, like we have been told is that it singles you out of a crowd. It doesn’t matter how many people are there, the favour of God will just zero in on you and say ‘You are the one I want!" You yourself will not understand how.
- The favour of God will single you out for a miracle because if you read Mark 10:46-52, the Bible says Jesus came to Jericho and as he was coming out of Jericho a great multitude followed him! A multitude followed Him! But how many of the people in the multitude got a miracle? Only blind Bartemeus who was by the highway side begging!
- When David found favour with God, the boy who was despised by his relatives, the one who they would never have been presented for election to be king, became a celebrated person. Up till today we still talk about David.
2. The Direction of Divine Favour.
1. Medical Direction
- If you are sick and you are considered incurable and you find favour with God, you will suddenly discover that the incurable will begin to have a testimony.
- In John 5:2-9 There was a multitude by the pool of Bethesda. Jesus came there, saw a man who had been there for 38 years. His face shone on that man. He went to that man, healed that man and left the place. There were several others. Divine Favour singled out that man for a miracle.
- When you read the story of 2 Kings 5:1-14. It tells us the story of Namaan – how he was healed. Jesus said something in Luke 24:27, He said there were many lepers in Samaria in the time of Elisha, only one was cleansed! How many? One! Out of the many, one found favour.