*OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
*DATE: THURSDAY 15TH APRIL 2021*
*THEME: DIVINE FAVOUR: WHAT IT DOES*
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
*READ: Esther 5:1-3*
1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.
Queen Esther found favour in the sight of her husband - the king, and thus was promised blessings up to one-half of the kingdom, as we see in the Bible reading of today. There are lots of lessons in this passage. One is that the king saw Esther. In 1 Samuel 16:11-13, favour located David while he was watching over the flock of his father. Favour also found the mad man of Gadara in the graveyard and he was healed (Mark 5:1-15). God's blessings can locate you anywhere. A sister who had been looking for a husband went to a funeral. At the same ceremony, there was another brother who had been searching for a wife. The brother saw her looking very radiant and concluded that if she could be that beautiful in mourning clothes, she would be even more so when in high spirits. This marked the beginning of a courtship that led to marriage.
The king did not just see Esther, he focused on her. When your day of favour comes, God will not just glance at you, He will focus on you. The day favour beamed on the sick man at Bethesda, Jesus located him for healing. A man who was jobless despite his two doctoral degrees, received favour after he gave his life to Christ and got multiple job offers. I recall the story of a mother who used diabolical means to prevent her daughter from getting married because she didn't want to be neglected. I prayed with the daughter and she got a suitor within one week. Whatever is blocking the view of those who should favour you shall be removed today in Jesus' name.
Going into the king's chamber without an invitation was a very dangerous thing to do, as we see in Esther 4:11. Thus, we can say Esther embarked on a suicide mission when she went into the king's presence uninvited. However, she found favour: what could have been her last visit to the king became the beginning of a new life not only for her but for the entire Jewish community in Shushan. Favour shall locate you this season in Jesus' name. The only obstacle to divine favour is unrighteousness. Psalm 5:12 says:
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
This is why I am appealing to you to surrender your life to Jesus our Saviour. When you do, begin to live a life that is acceptable to God, and then you too would enjoy divine favour.
Father, please let Your favour locate me for breakthroughs today, in the mighty name of Jesus.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 28-29*
*AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE*
*HYMN 16:O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST*
1. O Lord, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
2. Under the shadow of your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.
3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting you are God,
To endless years the same.
4. A thousand ages in your sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.
5. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downward by your flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.
6. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.
7. Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come;
O be our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.