Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 19, 2022

“You surround him with favor as with a shield.” – “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 11:1-3.

“Now the LORD said to Moses, “One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt;  after that he will let you go from here.  When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely.  Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold.”  The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.  Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.”  Exodus 11:1-3.


Consider how amazing and awesome miracle it was that the LORD gave the people of Israel and their leader Moses favor in the sight of the Egyptians.  In spite of all the plagues that were brought on them because of the people of Israel and their leader Moses, the Egyptians favored them to the extent that they freely gave them articles of silver and gold!

How great and good is God toward His people!!

“I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, the praises of the LORD,
According to all that the LORD has granted us,
And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
Which He has granted them according to His compassion
And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.” Isaiah 63:7.

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12.

Consider how the favor given to the following saints in Scripture helped them in their mission.

“But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.” Genesis 39:21.

“For how then can it be known that I (Moses) have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:13.

“Then she (Ruth) fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.” Ruth 2:10-13.

“Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men.” 1 Samuel 2:26.

“So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.” 1 Samuel 18:5.

“Now the young lady (Ester) pleased him (King Ahasuerus) and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and food, gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace and transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem. … The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:9 and 17.

“Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials,” Daniel 1:9.

In summary, our LORD, Who prepared the good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) and Who gave us the will to do those good works and Who worked within us to accomplish those good works (Philippians 2:13) and Who perfected those good works that He began in us (Philippians 1:6), will He not also give us favor in the sight of others to help accomplish those good works?!  

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.


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