Numerous times in Scripture we read about godly men and women who “find favor” in the sight of God and the people around them. It seems to be a common characteristic.
Esther is described again and again as one who won favor in the sight of the king and his subordinates (2:9, 15, 17; 5:2).
Joseph — Genesis 39:21 “the Lord gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”
Daniel — Daniel 1:9 “God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs.”
Samuel — 1 Samuel 2:26 “the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with man.”
Jesus — Luke 2:40, 52 “the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon Him…and Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
Among the many lessons to be learned, let us focus on just two. What is happening in these examples? What is a common theme? At the very least, we learn:
1. God blesses His people.
2. God’s people act in a particular and peculiar way:
– They act so that it is clear to whom they belong (Hebrews 11:14).
– They act in a way that benefits the people around them—they make things better!
If I belong to God, I will act in such a way that improves the lives of those around me. Are you finding favor with God and neighbor?
South Green Street church of Christ