When we accept the Lord Jesus into our life, we have God’s favor. That is because at the cross Jesus took all our sins, faults, failings, everything that displeased God upon Himself. How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. Remember, because of Jesus, we are no longer ourselves but have Christ’s identity. We are now a new creation. God’s favor gives us an advantage. With God’s favor the impossible things will become possible. We read in Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.” The key ingredient to unlock the favor of God in our life is faith and belief in Christ. Simply look to Jesus because He is the answer and the end of your struggles. God has a place and a plan for each of us. It doesn’t matter how difficult a situation or how bleak it looks, just look to Jesus and know that He has the answer and that all things are under His feet! God has a beautiful future for each one of us. We can even find comfort in Job. He did not have Jesus to look to, but put his trust in God. In this manner, whatever we are facing, let us put our trust and our hope in the finished work of Jesus!
The book of Job runs 42 chapters. We do not know how long Job’s suffering lasted, but we know that it was more than a week (Job 2:13), and possibly months (Job 7:3). There is no question that Job went through great suffering. Before his suffering, the bible says that he was the greatest of all the people of the East (Job 1:3). What did he lose, what happened to him?
- His oxen and donkeys were stolen by the Sabeans and his servants killed (Job 1:13-14)
- Fire from heaven came down and burned up his sheep and servants (Job 1:16)
- The Chaldeans took his camels and killed more of his servants (Job 1:17)
- The house where Job’s children were was blown down, and all his children and the people who were with them died except one. (Job 1:18-19)
- Job got boils from head to toe (Job 2:7) and he turned black with fever (Job 30:30)
What was Job’s wife’s reaction to this? “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die”!” (Job 2:9). Did Job get negative, did he get down, and did he curse or blame God? No, his faith and trust remained with God! It says in Job 10:12, “You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.” Job remained faithful to God in the middle of the storm, in the middle of difficulty. At this point I am sure that Job didn’t see an end to his troubles; he didn’t know what God’s plan was for him, yet he remained in faith. Job wasn’t restored until the 42nd chapter. He was restored because he remained faithful to God. “11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful (James 5:11).” What was the restoration of Job?
10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. 12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
Let us not fear, worry, or fall apart. Let’s remain and abide with God. Let’s carry ourselves with confidence, not because of what we do or have but because of who we have, Jesus! Let’s always remember and declare in our prayer life and our whole life, the favor of God, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done. God’s vision and plan for us will be accomplished.