2:52, Proverbs 16:7
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and
man. *When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to
be at peace with him.
word 'protocol' refers to an order or to the correct process by which
things are to be done. If you want real favour in life, you must
prioritize finding favour with God above finding favour with men. The
favour you have with God is what produces real favour in every area of
your life and the peace you have with God produces real peace in every
other area of your life. That is the correct protocol.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to dishonor God in exchange for
favour with King Nebuchadnezzar and God honoured their faith in Him.
They eventually found real favour both with God and with man. God showed
up in their fiery furnace and King Nebuchadnezzar ended up promoting
them in his kingdom, Dan.3:1630. When King Asa took wealth out of God's
temple to bribe the king of Syria to support him against king Baasha,
God sent prophet Hanani to declare unto him that the LORD keeps close
watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are
loyal to him. You have acted foolishly, and so from now on you will
always be at war," 2Chronicles 16:9 (GNB).
Do not act foolishly. In your desire for favour in life, put God first.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other
thing shall be added unto you. Make trusting and pleasing God your
priority. God will make a way where there seems to be no way. When God
opens a door for you, no man can shut it. Revelation 3:8 says, I know
thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can
shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and
hast not denied my name. Don't make men your God. Acts 5:29 says, then
Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God
rather than men.
PRAYER FOCUS: Declare unto God today that He is your God and that
you will continually seek to trust and honour Him above all else.