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Favor for Life // by Jordana Heldreth

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Imagine Esther, a Jewish woman in the courts of a kingdom foreign to her. She did not know the customs, the rules, the traditions. Esther ended up in this place because of the captivity of the Jewish people. So, first of all she was a woman-which most women in those days had little to no voice, especially in important matters. Secondly, she was foreign-brought to that palace for reasons much bigger than she ever could have imagined.

 

She had caught the eye of the King because of her looks, but I believe she kept him captivated with her humble heart and the way she approached him. She was obedient and a vessel God would use to ultimately free all of the Jewish people. But it all started with a woman who was brave and obedient. She was a walking picture of the favor of God. She was someone who perhaps, was not the most qualified to lead in the freedom of the Jewish people. However, because God doesn’t look at our qualifications, she was the perfect person for this cause.

 

“If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people be spared”. 

           Esther 7:3

 

Just like Queen Esther, I believe that divine favor is something that every single believer has access to. You see, God wants you to succeed. He wants to give His daughters good things, He doesn’t withhold any good things from us. Sometimes it’s easy for us to look at our flaws or shortcomings, but I’ve got great news for you, favor is not based on you-it’s based on HIM. He gives freely good gifts to His children and He doesn’t care that  you do or don’t deserve it, because He’s THAT good. In fact, it’s called divine favor, because we actually don’t deserve it.

 

You might be saying, well Esther was a queen, so of course she had favor. Well, you can have favor too! What does favor look like in our current time? When we get the promotion that someone else is more qualified for, that is favor. How about when your enemies are at peace with you, that is favor.  When we are given more than what we deserve, that is favor. Favor is a gift from the Lord, and it’s not just a one time thing. It’s for forever. The Lord will especially give us favor when we are willing to step out and do things for Him, just like Esther. She had every reason to feel intimidated or insecure about using her voice before the King, but she was brave. The Lord rewarded her bravery with favor before the King and as a result all of the Jews were saved!

 

I encourage you to start opening your eyes to the favor of the Lord, and thanking Him for it. I believe that when you become more aware of it, you will become more connected to Him and how He is operating in your life. Let’s open our eyes to Him. I also encourage you to be bold for him. When you feel like He is calling you to do the impossible, watch out because He will open doors and connect you to the people you need to make the impossible a reality!

 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

          Psalm 23:5-6

 

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