What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
I’ve never heard anybody own up to playing favorites. Contrary to the Fox News slogan, life is not “Fair and Balanced.” Despite her claims to the contrary, my eighth grade English teacher had “teacher’s pets.” And Tom Smothers may have been right when he told his brother, Dick, that “Mom always liked you best.”
We can have favorite things, but when it comes to people, playing favorites can cause a firestorm. Whenever possible, we want a level playing field with fairness and equal treatment for all. But, despite our best efforts bias remains.
God demands equality from believers. We’re to love everyone, even our enemies. And for those who embrace the Christian faith: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
God wants us to be fair and to treat everyone with respect. We should let our light shine on everyone. But, there are some people worthy of a greater portion of that light. I’m referring to your children and family. That’s where favoritism is totally acceptable. Your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren should be your pride and joy.
Have you ever prayed for favor? I certainly have, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend it. In fact, that’s just what prayer is, seeking an extra measure of help from your heavenly Father. Those outside the faith don’t have this family privilege. God doesn’t hear the prayers of sinners (Psalm 34:15) unless it is a prayer of remorse, repentance, and a request for a right relationship with God. Remember the thief who was crucified with Christ? He said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) The Lord replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Everyone on earth benefits from God’s goodness. “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) But not everyone receives the bounty of His grace in Christ.
When we die, if there’s still anything left, we leave our estates as our final act of favor for those we love. Not everyone. Just a select few. So it is with God’s ultimate act of favor to which only His children are heirs. Unlike the administration of the earthly estate in which it is divided among the heirs, God’s heavenly proportion is undivided, and all believers receive the same eternal inheritance. (See the April 16 devotional in The Forever Notebook, The Principle of Divine Math.)
It doesn’t take long on this earth to learn that life isn’t fair. (Something else we won’t have to worry about in heaven.) But we are not left to fend for ourselves. As we read in our focus text: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
You are God’s favorite child. The enemy can make a lot of noise and throw some scary stuff your way, but he’s not God. The unredeemed and the agents of the devil are all limited in their capacity for making your life miserable. God, however, is all powerful.
Right now, I want you to check out a passage of scripture, Romans 8:31-39. Therein you’ll get a greater perspective on how God favors you.
Sometimes life hits us so hard, we need to know we’re not alone, and that there is somebody on our side. The good news is that the God of all creation, the only one who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient favors you. His love for you is unwavering, unshakeable, and eternal.
God plays favorites with His children.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Amazing Victory in Jesus
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.