“May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace” (Numbers 6:26).
Maziga couldn’t help but observe something different about her condition in life. For almost every school event she seemed to be the least favoured. Techer after another would instinctively spank her for the least offense. She was never picked for any class position. Her name was always read last.
Well, all this cold treatment had a negative reaction on her. Feeling unfavored, Maziga resolved to wear a hard and combative face, after all, no one ever saw any good in her. She greeted every new relation with a sneer. Yet this combativeness only worsened matters. People kept far away from Maziga, never easily drawn to offer her any favors, since she wasn’t a likeable person.
It was though different for her buddy, Mulungi. At school she was always picked for the best positions. When she failed at anything the teachers were most eager to give her a helping hand. Mulungi seemed “everyone’s favorite!”
This train of events continued even after school. When Maziga started looking for a job, door after door would be slammed right in her face! It was different with Mulungi. She had to choose between multiple job offers. And once employed she quickly won promotion. When Maziga started a bakery her goods went unsold, and she quickly shut down her first and only business venture.
The situation we are observing here is as a common as sunrise; one person so unfavored, while another the rains are always falling on her side.
The Bible has a host of characters who were favored. When a young orphaned girl called Esther was brought to King Xerxes’s court before an official- “She pleased him and won his favor” ( Esther 2:9). It is said, “Esther won the favor of everyone who saw” ( vv 15), and would be eventually installed as Queen.
For Mary, “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you” ( Luke 1:28). She became the mother of Jesus. When Daniel and his companions was brought into King Nebuchadunezzar’s court, “God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel” (Daniel 1:9). Later, the king “found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service” ( vv 19)!
Every child of God has received favor to be born into His Kingdom, which comes by grace! The work of the enemy Satan is to frustrate this favor from the children of God, deny them opportunities, hinder their progress and turn them away from God. But by praying “without ceasing” God blesses His children with favor that “opens all doors!”
Prayer today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, to you who has favored me to be born into your kingdom, I pray for that favor to crown my life against all the enemy’s plan, that you may glorify yourself through in me, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!