So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. Esther 5:2
Most people desire to have special favor with others who are at the top, the leaders and famous people. They want to meet someone famous personally but are unable to even get close because they do not have the special favor extended to them.
In a time when a person could be killed for trying to go before the king, Esther stood before the king. She found favor with the king, and he extended his scepter towards her.
The world is focused on gaining favor with the rich and famous or high level politicians, people who are only temporary. They will go out of their way to gain the attention and favor of those whom they think can help them in some way or another. However, most often the ‘little’ person is ignored or not even noticed.
Believers will sometimes get caught up in this same attitude in the church. They want special favor with the pastor or with some special speaker. Although having that favor is not necessarily bad, it is not always the best thing.
Every believer always has special favor one hundred percent of the time with The King–God. Many fear going to God because of sin in their life. However, God is always ready to forgive and forget sins when one will repent.
God always has an open ear day or night to hear when one chooses to call out to Him in prayer and faith believing that He will hear and answer.
As a believer in Jesus, you are a child of God and have His favor upon you. He is always ready to hear what is on your heart and to guide you in the way you should go. It does not matter the time of day, where you live or what you have done in your past, God is always waiting for your call.
Do not fear the judgement of God but repent of your sins and be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit in what you should say, think or do. Call out to Him and He will extend you favor and answer you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will not fear approaching God in faith; and that you will hear God speak to you and guide you in living for Him.
Jehoida then made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17
It is common for people to belong to all kinds of different types of groups. People like to be together with other people who think and do the same things. It gives them a sense of belonging and self-worth. It can also give them support and strength to keep moving forward in the expected way and bring about unity.
When Joash was made king, Jehoida made a covenant between the Lord, the king and the people to be His people.
Throughout the world there are two groups of people, those who belong to God and those who choose not to belong to God. Most people do not belong to God but will belong to other groups.
Regardless of which group a person is a part of, he must be willing to follow the rules and regulations of that group. Each one has a set of rules on what it means to be a part of that group.
The moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he belongs to God. This means that the covenant the person made with God is that on his side he will give up his old ways of doing things and no longer do the things of the world. It also means that he gives God complete control of his life.
Belonging to God is allowing God to direct one’s path, in action, thought and deeds in everything that he does in this life. It is putting away the former covenant with the world and sin and taking on the righteousness and holiness of Jesus, becoming a new creation for His glory and honor.
As a believer you are no longer to be in covenant with the world and its sinful ways. You have chosen to bind yourself to God in a legal binding covenant of relationship and lifestyle that is directed and controlled by God.
Do not allow yourself to be tricked into going back into a covenant with this fallen world that will lead you into sin and death. Destroy and cast out the sin in your life and become holy as God is holy. Put on the righteousness of Jesus living for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will make a covenant to live for God and by His rules; that God will strengthen you to live according to His plan; that every area of your life will belong to God; and that God will strengthen you to flee the sinful ways of this world.
The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.” 1 Samuel 8:22
There is always something that a person desires that he does not have. Often people will strive and fight for what they don’t have, thinking that it will be best for them to acquire.
Seldom will a person take into consideration the problems that will arise because they have that item. Sometimes having the item causes greater problems than not having it. The cost of having it is too high.
The people had requested that Samuel give them a king like the other nations around them. God told him to give them a king as they had requested.
Parents are sometimes good at not giving into giving a child his every desire, knowing that some things are not good for him. Yet, adults will be just like the child wanting things that are not necessarily good for them.
Believers will beg God and fight to get something that God does not want them to have. These things may not be sinful or even bad but are not what is best for them.
Many young people desire a luxury sports car, but do not take into consideration the cost of owning one, the monthly payments, the insurance, the taxes on it and the high cost of maintenance. Once they get what they want, they suddenly drown in problems with it.
God wants to only give what is best, but sometimes will give the desires that will cause problems in the end.
Instead of demanding something from God, believers must trust God’s choice of what to give or not give. He sees the bigger picture and the problems with getting that item, just as He knew the problems of having Israel get a king.
There may be some things that you are wanting to have that God is saying no to. Trust God’s wisdom in what you need and do not need and let go of those desires that may not be good for you in the end.
You do not want the problems that will come with getting everything you want that are not good for you. There will be greater contentment and blessing in having what God has for you, rather than getting only what you want.
What are you asking God for?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to have; that you will seek what God wants to give you; that you will be content with what God gives you; and that you will not fight God for what is not best for you.
It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees Deuteronomy 17:19
Every nation on the earth has volumes of books that contain laws pertaining to nearly everything in its nation. These are to be guidelines on how things work and what can happen if the commands are not followed.
The goal of the laws is to keep peace, harmony and control among the people.
Moses told the Israelites that when they get a king, he is to copy the laws of God and keep it with him to be able to honor God and obey His law.
With as many rules that a nation has, it is impossible for any one person to actually know every rule in the lawbooks. Having this many rules leads to chaos and confusion.
While the world has a lot of rules, God has a limited number of rules. It is short enough that a person can read all of them in a day on his own.
Although there are not hundreds of thousands of rules, the commands of God cover every area of life. Not only do they cover every area of life, they can also be summed up in two commands of loving God and loving others.
Regardless of whether a person is a leader or just a common person, one can know, understand and obey the laws of God. One must take time to study and know God’s commands throughout the entire Bible. The believer can also have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide him in the commands of God.
Doing this will help the believer to live his life for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God; that God will strengthen you to obey His commands; that you will see God’s favor as you obey Him; and that God will build His kingdom through you.