Faith and Favor

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

God’s favor rests on His children who put him first – no matter what the cost.In the late 1780s, William Wilberforce made up his mind. Slavery in the British Empire had to stop. Between 1789 and 1805 he (with friend, Thomas Clarkson) introduced antislavery legislation to Parliament twenty times but every effort was struck down. Yet Wilberforce stood firm – despite political opposition, binotry, economic forces, and his own failing health. In 1807 the slave trade, and in 1833 slavery itself was outlawed throughout the empire. While few of William Wilberforce’s opponents are remembered, he is still recognized as a true man of God whose life backed up what he believed.

Over 2000 years earlier, the prophet Daniel also stood up to opposition. As a teenager he made up his mind to reject Babylonian paganism. As a young man he interpreted the king’s dream and gave God the credit. As an old man, he refused to not pray, despite an unjust threat of death by hungry lions. Daniel staked his life on standing for what God said was right. Many others such as Noah, Abraham, David, and Jesus Christ himself persisted, lived out God’s purpose for their lives, and saw their enemies ultimately defeated. All because of God’s favor.

Saving grace, God’s unmerited favor through Christ, can never be earned. But there is a favor from God that’s especially for those who always put Him first. Heavenly Father, thank you for salvation and grace. Help me to always live in your favor by being obedient to your word and always putting you first in everything. In Jesus name, Amen. JAM

Let’s Pray.

Eternal and everlasting God our Father, we are ever so grateful that your favor rests on your children who put you first – no matter what the cost. We are thankful for the new mercies you give us daily. We thank you for our confidence in you that grows in us every day. We thank you that as we live move and have our being from day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year that we are able by your grace to build a reservoir of your wisdom in our minds, the memories of your gracious acts in our lives and a well spring of faith and determination in spite of the sting of death and the power of sin. We are so thankful for the victory through Christ Jesus that keeps us steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of building and living in Your Kingdom here on earth, because we know that our labor is not in vain. RMM

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