Force or Favor?

exodus 11_2_3_force or favor

Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry. And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. (Exodus 11:2-3, ESV)

As the time of their exodus approached, Moses gave instructions to his fellow Israelites.  Specifically, every Hebrew man and woman was to ask their Egyptian neighbors for silver and gold.

Interestingly, the people were to ask politely; the word literally meant “to seek a favor” of another.  If I had been there, I would have likely demanded the jewelry.  They had been mistreated for so long, after all!  Yet the people’s use of force wouldn’t be necessary.  A gentle, polite request was all that was needed, for God was moving in the details.

God gave His children favor in the eyes of their former taskmasters. Those who once scarred their backs with whips, would now give enough gold to one day build God’s temple.

Friends – when God is in something, we don’t have to beg, threaten, or force our way…He brings it about in His way and in His timing – often by giving us favor with those we’d least expect.  As Proverb 16:7 reminds us, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

When it comes to achieving what you really long for, which do you rely upon more – your force, or God’s favor? –Dave

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