Gaining Goodwill

My dad plus his five siblings were saved from possible starvation during the Great Depression because Grandpa gained the goodwill of his doctor, and for no reason other than that Grandpa’s doctor extended his disability payments. My dad’s direction in life was changed from blue-collar worker to college professor because Dad, the son of a dirt farmer, gained the goodwill of a local philanthropist who told him that he needed to be a teacher, and I gained the goodwill of a salty department head of the local community college who hired me as a full-time instructor, which opened many doors for me.

God enables, but we must act. We read in Acts 7:9-10, “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.” God still enables His children to gain the goodwill of life-changing people. We just need to be in alignment with God’s will and then ask and act. Remember, God bought you with the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus. God loves you.

Prayer: Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. If I ask anything that is not in Your will cause it to be cast aside. Father, I ask that Your blessings would rest upon Your children and that they would gain the goodwill of people in positions of authority and thereby receive even more excellent opportunities to bring Jesus into boardrooms, and educators conferences, and myriad places where the enemy has claimed for his own. Promote Your children, I ask. Amen.

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