Who are God’s favourites? (Part 1)

These are the ones I look on with favour: those who are humble and contrite in spirit,

and who tremble at my word (Isaiah 66:2)

Whether or not God has favourites is a tricky question because it is based upon our human

understanding of favouritism, which usually means unfair treatment of anyone who is not

favoured. To completely understand the answer, we have to start with the truth that God

is always just. We know He loves everyone because every human being is created in His

image. God’s judgement is always right, so that if He favours someone, it is the only right

thing to do (Deuteronomy 32:4).

So is God’s favour arbitrary? Do our choices have any impact on whether we are among His

favourites? Psalm 5:12 says, For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with

favour as with a shield. Our lead text in Isaiah 66:2 indicates that humility, being contrite

in spirit, respect and obedience to God’s word will lead to favour with God. Similarly in 1

Samuel 2:20b God said…Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me will

be disdained. It follows that every child of God who comes to Him through faith in Jesus

Christ has the favour of God. However, there is also special favour for those we live to

obey and please the Lord. As we grow in faith and seek to please Him, God demonstrates

His favour by drawing near to us. The result of His favour is His promise that All things

work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His

purpose. May we be among such special people.

Welcome to another day of warm fellowship and God’s rich blessings.

Pastors Marcus & Norah Chilaka

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