1 Samuel 2:26 “Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the Lord and with men.”
Doesn’t this verse sound familiar? Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Hmmm. Very similar. I wonder if Luke had this verse about Samuel in mind when the Holy Spirit inspired him to pen those words.
But look at the words. Both the Hebrew word in 1 Samuel and the Greek word in Luke mean “pleasing” or “beautiful” or “in favor.” What does that mean? It means just want it says. Samuel and Jesus had this in common. They both pleased God and those around them. Centuries apart – man and God-man – and they both pleased the Father.
These words are so good for our kids. We should be teaching them how to be “in favor.” As they please their Heavenly Father through obedience to His Word and His Son, they will be in favor with us and those around them. They will be pleasing to others. They won’t rub people the wrong way.
When your children stray from this, we need to give them gentle reminders of what this means. It is so easy to get caught up in our own desires and plans that we forget to please God. We forget to strive to be “in favor” through obedience. It is so much easier to live in obedience if our motivation is to please the Father. I am not talking about a works mentality. I am talking about loving Him so much we can bear to disappoint.
Are you desiring that? Do you reflect each day on how you can stay in favor with God and man? I want to encourage you today to do that. Take a look at your actions and words. Do any of them lead in a direction other than obedience? If so, stop right there. Redirect and follow Him.