Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.” (Ps. 30:7).
READ: Esther 2:13-17
In Genesis 39:20-23, God’s favour turned a prisoner into the comptroller of prisons. Are you in Satan’s prison? God’s favour will move you higher than your enemies and you will be their head in Jesus name. When you are the head of your enemies, you will dictate what happens to them. They will take orders from you. Is your life being manipulated by the spirits of darkness? From today, you shall be head over them; after all, Jesus Christ your Lord and Master is the Head of all principalities and powers (Col. 2:10). So it is obvious that one major blessing of the favoured is promotion. If you claim to be favoured but you are yet to receive divine promotion, it simply shows you don’t have what you think you have.
Another possibility, drawing from divine favour is that it can change one’s social status. Queen Vashti, wife of King Ahasuerus, misbehaved one day and lost her position. This simply tells us that anyone occupying a significant position could lose it if they do not have God’s favour. In other words, just as divine favour is needed in ascending a height of glory, so also is it required in sustaining one’s position. And as you may know, maintaining an elevated position is more challenging than ascending it.
After Vashti’s exit, there was a beauty pageant through which the next queen was to be chosen. Among worthy contestants was Esther, a slave girl who was brought into the kingdom of Media and Persia. She scarcely had rights and her chances were no better than the others. At the end, God’s favour saw her through and she eventually emerged winner. Much later, God used her priviledged position to protect His people. Never look down on yourself! As long as you are a child of God, you can access His favour by pleasing Him in every area and by asking for His favour. Some so-called Christians take part in lottery, gambling and pools-betting, hoping and seriously praying that they would win. God does not support or release His favour to what does not glorify Him. Look for legitimate work and God’s favour will locate you there. Those who get involved with gambling are controlled by demons, not God. Has poverty pushed you into gambling? Repent!
Father, through Your favour, change my status for better in Jesus name
Bible in One year: Matt. 16-19