Romans 9:10-16 KJV
And not only this ; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Jacob went on to take Esau’s birth right, and get Esau’s blessing.
On the way to Haran God gave him a dream and blessed him. No mention of his unrighteousness – only FAVOUR
Jacob was so blessed he set his own wages with his Boss!
Genesis 30:26-28 KJV
Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee. And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake. And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
Isaiah 48:17 KJV
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
God taught him how to get wealth.
God shielded him from being harmed by his brother Esau.
God changed his name.
Ruth was a Moabitess.
Deuteronomy 23:3 KJV
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever:
Ruth was a foreigner.
Favour has its benefits. Ruth caught a rich, godly man for a husband named Boaz. The Bible says:
At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favour in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”… “May I continue to find favour in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls.” (Ruth 2:10 and 13)
Let’s face it: in order to get married you must have someone favour you. If you’re single you can get this favour working in your life to find a spouse. Ruth was not exactly the best catch, but she had great faith in God and had a right spirit.
Bob Buess tells the story of a woman who wrote to tell him how bad everything was in her life. She was attractive but she could not get a date with any of the boys. She had a negative spirit.
Bob wrote back, “I don’t blame them for not liking you. I’m afraid I could not like you myself.” He wrote that to shock her. He got her attention. Then he told her to change her attitude about others and herself. He sent her scriptures about favour and told her to confess them about herself every day. It worked. She wrote back to tell him that she was engaged.
He met her later, and she introduced him to her fiancé—not the same one that she was engaged to but another one. She eventually married the second guy.
Whether you are a young teenager who feels lonely or a businessman who lacks customers, favour can work for you. But you have to put it to work. You have to believe for it.
Esther 2:15 KJV
Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Esther 2:17 KJV
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Esther 5:2 KJV
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.
Esther 5:8 KJV
If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.
Esther 7:3 KJV
Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
Esther 8:5 KJV
And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:
Daniel 1:6-9 KJV
Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
Daniel 1:17 KJV
As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.