Purpose of God and Favor of people

All wish to find favor with the Lord. Those who follow instructions and law will find favor in the eyes of God and man. (Proverbs 3:4) God’s favor is connected to God’s purpose. There are biblical personalities who received God’s purpose for a specific purpose.

1) Preservation of lives: Joseph was sold as a slave, however God’s favor on him resulted in Potiphar’s favor. “So, Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.” (Genesis 39:4) God moved him step by step to reach Pharaoh’s palace. Joseph in his own words states the purpose for his elevation is to preserve lives of the chosen people of God with a great deliverance. (Genesis 45:7)

2) Preservation in oppression: The Egyptians oppressed the children of Israel and would have sent them empty-handed. However, God’s favor created favor in the sight of Egyptians that they plundered whatever they needed. (Exodus 3:21; 12:36)

3) Preservation of a nation: The Nation of Israel was dispersed in 127 provinces. Haman wanted to eliminate all Israelite by state sponsored genocide. However, Esther found favor in the eyes of King Ahasuerus that she could resist and defeat the plan of wicked Haman. (Esther 2:17)

4) Preservation in exile: The people of God sinned against God, that they were taken as captives to Babylon. They would be there for seventy years. God prepared Daniel to be in service of Nebuchadnezzar so that the Jewish people were not destroyed. “And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs” (Daniel 1:9)

5) Preservation for testimony: Paul was arrested in Jerusalem, falsely accused of Jews being in Roman custody. He was a protected prisoner in Caesarea and later he was sent to Rome to appear before Caesar. When the shipwreck happened, soldiers wanted to kill Paul, but he found favor from Julius, the centurion that he was not killed. (Acts 27:27)

Do I understand God’s purpose for His favor?

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