It would be hard to believe that God’s favored children could fall from a place of goodness, influence, status and standing, unless we could read in God’s Word where this happened. God’s favored children fall because we see it happen in Joseph’s life and Job’s life. We see the fall of the favored in King David’s life. First, let me tell you that if you are a child of God, you are favored by Him. None are more favored or less favored than you, because He looked your way and gave you faith to believe in Jesus when you surrendered your life to Him. So though it seems that you have lost favor, it is only a trick of the devil. You are still highly favored even when unfavorable circumstances come your way. It’s not your circumstances that determine your favor with God, it’s your family connection through the blood of Jesus.
King David was on the throne in Jerusalem and his own son came against him, and instead of fighting for his place on the throne, David fled with the people who were loyal to him. David fled weeping and worshipping. When you know you are favored by God, you don’t have to fight every battle.
“So David said to all his servants who [were] with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” 2 Samuel 15:14
But here’s the question, why would God ever allow you to be in a place of great favor and then allow it to be taken from you?
- Perhaps God allows us to be removed from greater favor as a way to remind us He was the one who placed us in that position of favor to begin with.
- God allows us to be moved out of places of favor to humble us and remind us that He is in control.
- God allows us to be moved from what looks like favored places and position to set the enemy up for a greater defeat.
- God allows us to be displaced from a place of favor because we get comfortable and don’t seek Him as we did before.
- God allows us to be moved from outward favored places, so we can know that our favor is not in a place, but it is in His person.
- God allows us to be moved from a place of favor so that no one around you thinks more highly of you than they should.
- And lastly, God allows us to be moved from a place of favor to take you to another place of favor.
Maybe what happened to David and many others in the Bible has happened to you and you’re not sure what to do or even how to live right now. When the favored of God fall, you can do what David did in this tragic event in his life. What did he do?
- Submit and surrender yourself under the sovereign hand of God. “Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the LORD, He will bring me back and show me [both] it and His dwelling place. 26 “But if He says thus: ‘I have no delight in you,’ here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.” 2 Samuel 15:25-26
- Wait on a word from God. “The king also said to Zadok the priest, “[Are] you [not] a seer? Return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 “See, I will wait in the plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 2 Samuel 15:27-28
- Pray against/for your enemy. “Then someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!” 2 Samuel 15:31 You can always pray that God will change your enemy’s heart. You can always pray blessings over them, so they will lose interest in you. But you can pray against the devil, that his plan and schemes against your life will utterly fail.
- Trust in your advocate who is with the throne. “And [do] you not [have] Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? Therefore it will be [that] whatever you hear from the king’s house, you shall tell to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 “Indeed [they have] there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s [son,] and Jonathan, Abiathar’s [son;] and by them you shall send me everything you hear.” 37 So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city. And Absalom came into Jerusalem.“ 2 Samuel 15:35-37
Believe this today, that you are favored by God no matter what condition you find yourself in. Your circumstances in life will always change, but your favor with God will remain the same. Live in that truth today!