Whenever I’ve read the Bible in church, there has often been a reference to the Right Hand of God. What does that even mean? Do you know what that means? I can finally say that I have an idea of what that means now that I’ve been reading the Bible daily. I have a passion to read his word, share his word, but most of all understand his word. Thank you Jesus for your word!!! When the Bible makes reference of sitting at the Right Hand of God it means something of high importance. Being of high importance to God means more than we can comprehend. It means believing him, trusting him, being blessed with his grace and mercy, and of course reaping the benefits of his favor! There is no doubt that God loves everyone, but his children hold a special place in his heart. According to Psalms 30:5, “…His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Today marks the start of the book of Hebrew, which affirms Jesus’ identity as God. In this chapter we see God professing the authority of his son Jesus Christ, in comparison to angels. Prior to Jesus dying on the cross and rising again, angels were very important to God. I’m not saying that they no longer are, but now God places Jesus above them. In verses 3 and 13, he reiterates Jesus’s importance when he states, “But to which of the angels has He ever said: Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool?” Surely Jesus is higher than angels and he is called to sit at the Right Hand of God. That’s where I want to be and that’s where I will be. Don’t forget that when you are favored, people who cannot understand the goodness of Jesus will begin to hate on you. This is normal. You’ll lose friends…all of this is fine because as long as you keep God first your enemies will remain beneath your feet. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the closer you’ve gotten to God, the more you’ve drifted from certain friendships.
The same thing continues in Genesis 45 and parts of 46, where Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers. In my opinion, Joseph was at the Right Hand of God when he was born because he was favored by his father above all of his brothers. The great thing about God and his favor is that he kept Joseph through all of his years away from home. Joseph went from being sold into slavery to being the leader of Egypt during a famine!!! This doesn’t make any sense in logic terms but with God it makes perfect sense. He says it in his word, “[he] calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17 KJV). Joseph wasn’t an expert financial advisor; he just listened to the voice of God, which in turn placed him in a position of authority because he had favor with God. Consequently, because of Joseph’s favor, he was able to allow blessings to pour out into the lives of his family members. This is how massive the favor of God becomes when we trust him and seek after him.
I’m sure you’ve been blessed with things in life even when you don’t deserve them. It happens to all of us who believe in him. I can honestly say that from the beginning of my life I’ve been blessed and highly favored. I was born at 2 lbs. 3½ oz. at home on a fall night. When my mom and aunts tell me the story, I seriously can’t believe how faithful and loving my God has been to me! Although the doctors told my mother that even if I did survive, I would probably be brain dead or have special needs, God never gave up on me even when I wavered in my faith with him. Through it all God continues to allow me to sit at his Right Hand. Twenty-three years later who would’ve thought that a premature baby who once fought for her life, would be in her second semester of law school? I know the doctors didn’t, but it doesn’t matter because God knew. The same way God continues to pour out his blessings for me, is the same way I know he does it for you. Think of a situation where you were unqualified and God put you in a position and made you qualified. I’m sure you can go on all day!! Sitting at his Right Hand has authority…it can make mountains move :)
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I come before you to humbly ask that you allow me to sit at your Right Hand today, tomorrow, and when you call me home. I pray that you continue to bless me, keep me, and favor me. I ask that just as you kept Joseph safe in the presence of his enemies, that you too keep me safe in the presence of mine. I ask that you allow me to seek after you in every situation and when you bless me with your favor, that you open the floodgates of blessings on those near and dear to me. Thank you for your grace, your love, and your undying mercy. I love you. Amen.
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God's Favor by Donald Lawrence