Summary: How we are surrounded with God’s favour that can lead us to our destiny.
Do you have a situation where things are not working out for you? Probably, it has been years or months and nothing is changing. It maybe a negative medical condition, tough finances, children not settled, your breakthrough getting delayed. Now, the future seems dim and you are on the verge of giving up. At such times it is easy to get discouraged and be all negative. God is telling you today, “Do not be discouraged. I am going to thrust you to a new level because of my favour.”
Psalm 5:12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. The psalmist said God’s favour surrounds us like a shield. That means everywhere you go you have an advantage, a divine presence, opening up the right doors, causing things to fall in its place and giving you the right break.
Illustration: I remember going to my grandfather’s house when I was a child. He had a small petty shop and he used to take me every day to his shop. Children used to come pay money and pick up chocolates but I could pick up any chocolate I want absolutely free. That is favour because I am his grandson. When we are the sons of the Almighty God, we are favoured by God.
Favour means – To assist, to provide with advantages, to receive preferential treatment, approve.
No matter who is against you, what is not working out God has surrounded you with his favour to thrust you to your destiny.
Job 10:12 You have granted me life and favour, and your care has preserved my spirit. If you believe it or not, God’s children are surrounded by God’s favour day and night.
God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2 AMP And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] (God’s favour is not for just once or twice, he said he will do favour in abundance.) and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. You and I are the seed of Abraham. God wants to do favour us likewise. God’s favour is such that it keeps on coming and he will bless us so much that we will end up to be a blessing to others.
God’s favour causes you to be promoted even though you are not qualified, God’s favour gives you blessing even though you don’t deserve it. God’s favour will put you at the right place at the right time. God’s favour heals you in spite of your condition. God is saying to you what he said to Abraham, “I am going to assist you, I am going to provide you with advantages, I am going to give you preferential treatment and bless you.” Somebody is receiving that favour today.
Examples of God’s favour
Throughout the Bible we can find God’s favour blessing and prospering God’s people.
Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
1 Samuel 2:26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
4. Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Genesis 39:4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
Genesis 39:21 But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
It was God’s favour that lifted him up from the empty well and put him as the prime minister of Egypt.
6. The Israelites.
The Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians. They were not paid the right labor. Eventually the situation worsened to the level that they were supposed to make their due straw out of nothing. They were oppressed, beaten, and in utter dismay. On one side, they are God’s special chosen people on the other side they are nowhere near to their promise. When we hit rock bottom, that is where God’s that is where we can see God’s favour.
Exodus 3:21 And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. We know God rose up his servant Moses. Moses went to Egypt and after 10 plagues hit the Egyptians, Pharaoh let the people God. God is faithful, he did not want these people to go empty-handed. God paid them double for their trouble, they got back more than they lost.