Sunday, August 26th, 2012
Finding Favor (Part 4: Good Company)
And Laban said to him, 'Please stay... for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.'
Genesis 30:27 (NKJV)
Then the king answered and said to the man of God, 'Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.'
1 Kings 13:6 (NKJV)
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV)
If we can be guilty by association, we can also be innocent by association. But only with One--for which every committed Christian is forever grateful. 'The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7).
'If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you' (John 15:7). The benefits of keeping good company with Jesus are immeasurable. Favor doesn't get bigger than sharing an eternal inheritance with the Son of God.
But keeping company with God's elect also brings favor--even for evil people. Today's first scripture was spoken by Laban, Jacob's conniving father-in-law. Laban recognized the benefits brought to his house by Jacob's presence. When Jacob left, God's favor left with him.
Consider Israel's evil King Jeroboam with a withered hand. He begged the man of God to pray for his healing. God gave His prophet favor, and Jeroboam was healed by referral.
Our third scripture (Proverbs 18:22) was written by King Solomon. It focuses on the blessings a godly wife brings to her husband. Her dowry is favor. Godly women smile sweetly in agreement, and godly men reap the harvest.
Therefore, we conclude that favor can also be found in good company.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Finding Favor series.