If you search for good, you will find favour; but if you search for evil, it will find you! Prov.11:27
The favour of the Lord is available for all that have entered into a personal relationship with God, walking in righteousness and concerned about the heartbeat of God (His kingdom). Beyond this however, the passage above also gives us a clue as to how to come into endless streams of favour.
Always showing favour to others attracts divine favour from the Lord. When we make it a consistent practice to always and diligently seek the good of those around us, we make ourselves an undeniable candidate for God’s favour. We see this demonstrated in many stories, both in the scripture and in our times, of men who have received God’s favour for themselves by simply showing others favour.
In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. 26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. Matt.18:24-27
This story reminds us of God’s expectation upon our lives as people who crave for His favour. The King wrote off the debt owed by the servant and released him from prison because he had compassion on him. One would have expected that such a person would in the same spirit, spread that same favour to others in whatever way he could but, we read otherwise as recorded in the passage below:
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.[l] He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.Matt.18:28-30
Clearly, he did the exact opposite of the favour he received from the king. His fellow servants were very grieved and reported him to the king. Note the exact words used by the king:
“Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ Matt.18:32-33
He went out of favour with the king simply because he refused to show same to others. He not only ended up in the prison, but with so much torture until he paid the debt.
We see another inspiring example as recorded concerning Mordecai:
That night the king could not sleep…… And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honour or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” Esther 6:1-3
Mordecai was at a difficult time in his life that he desperately needed divine intervention, that same night God stepped in by bringing into remembrance the favour that Mordecai had sowed years back. Mordecai’s favour spoke at the time he needed it the most. The King decided to favour him because nothing has been done to reward him.
God indeed has promised us that no good or favour we show to others will go unrewarded:
“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Matt.10:42
Showing favour to others is a fulfilment of kingdom mandate and guarantees you a continuous stream of divine favour. Take the focus off yourself, focus on others and God will continuously focus on you.
You are blessed.