#Favour (12.11.17)

This week’s WD (Weekly Devotional) is taken from Nehemiah 1:11 NLT

“O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.”

Lord I pray this morning that as we delight in honouring You, favour us and put kindness in the hearts of those around us.

This week’s devotional helps to realise the importance of being favoured. If you can read the whole of chapters 1 and 2 you will realise that Nehemiah was a favoured man and the bible records exactly how God blesses him.

He was a man of good character who was on a mission for God and when you make Gods mission your mission, God will open doors for you not just to impress (material wealth), but He will open doors for you to impact (eternal wealth).

Like most of us, Nehemiah had a manager

(the king) and it’s clear from a scripture that he had a good relationship with his boss (lessons 1 for us) and also that Nehemiah was diligent, in the kings eyes and hard working (lesson 2 for us). It’s easier for God bless to us when we do our part. When we are obedient, have good character and make room for Him.

How can you expect blessings and favour, if you hog all the space with your poor character?

The relationship Nehemiah had with his boss was so good, the king noticed when something wasn’t quite right with him. It didn’t stop there. The kings proceeded to ask Nehemiah what was wrong.

Does your boss do that? Notice when you’re hurt, upset, not quite right and proceeds to helping you? Yes I know some bosses are horrible! And maybe even undeserving of your hard work and diligence. But we must remember God is a God of principle, He works in a set way and changes not!

So why not spend some time this week honouring God, listening out for Him, being obedient to the Spirit and sensitive. As you do so, watch God do the hard work in your behalf.

Have you felt stuck recently? It’s the end of the year and that glue still hasn’t budged yet. That situation still tears it’s ugly head. That pain is still real? That manager at work still getting on your nerves and making life difficult, what about that ex that just won’t be an ex?

Well I encourage you this week to step out on faith, do it God’s way, invite Him in and watch Him bless you before kings of the earth and those in high places. Not only have men been drawn to the beauty of your rising (Isiah 60:3), but you will win favour (proverbs 3:4)

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