Look at how the favor of God protected and prospered the Israelites in the book of Exodus. Before Moses arrived on the scene, the Egyptians viewed themselves as superior to Israelites as slaves to serve them. However, when God’s favor arrived with Moses and Aaron, the story shifts. Ten plagues fell on the Egyptians while the Jewish were spared. No plagues, no problems, and no judgment!
Exodus 12:30-32 (NKJV) “So Pharaoh rose in the night, (after the death of his firstborn) he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.”
Even Pharaoh asked Moses for God’s favor, but because of his hard heart, he did not receive it. When we have God’s favor, even the most powerful people in the world want what we have.
Psalm 105:37 (TEV) “Then he led the Israelites out; (slavery) they carried silver and gold, and all of them were healthy and strong.”
Yet, despite God’s favor and seeing themselves as free and highly favored; instead, they saw themselves as slaves wandering in the wilderness. They did not see God’s favor at work. If you are born again, you are adopted by God. We were born into slavery to sin, however, when we give our heart to Jesus we are forgiven and freed.
Don’t forget you are highly favored and loved.
What do these Bible verses say about your identity in Christ?
- I am ___________________________ (1 John 3:1)
- I am ___________________________(1 Peter 2:9)
- I am __________________________ (John 15:15)
- I am ___________________________(Phil 3:20)