Have you ever fallen out of favour?
Whatever the reason behind the fall out may be, falling out of favour in the eyes of someone you once enjoyed the nod of approval from can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated.
Our natural response can be to blame and justify, but this only reinforces the feeling of disconnection. We seek to grab hold of something else strong and secure to anchor our lives to; something that will give us that same sense of identity and self worth.
Jacob was once regarded with favour from his uncle Laban. He felt supported and strengthened by his uncles favour; life was good! But over the years Laban began to grow jealous of Jacob to the point that the favour he once enjoyed had completely dried up.
Jacob decided that he needed to take his family and move away, so he said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before” – Genesis 31:5a (ESV)
But the thing that caused him such great grief was the very thing that led him to discover a truth that would become an anchor for the rest of his life. In the same breath that he said his uncle’s favour had run dry, he declared the truth that wiped away the pain:
“But the God of my father has been with me” (31:5b)
Although the favour of his uncle had disappeared, Jacob rested in the truth that he had the favour of God in his side and that as he stepped into this new season that nothing would be impossible for him!
No matter who you have fallen out of favour with in the past, you can face the future with hope and walk with confidence, knowing that through Jesus, you have the full favour and protection of the one who created all things:
‘For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favour as with a shield’ – Psalm 5:12 (ESV)