1 Peter 1:13
"Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ."
Has someone got you down lately? Just turning your world inside out so that you have to take matters into your own hands? Are you wasting precious energy trying to put a stop to it so the pain will not infect you any longer? Is your mind racing with possibilities throughout the day constantly rewinding those scenes on how you will not be taken advantage of you any longer?
The road to revenge can be a slick one paved with hairpin turns that will quickly take you by surprise. No one better knows mistreatment than Job. He had to go through the most trying times any person could endure. In less than a year, he lost his family, business, and health. He had boils all over his entire body and no doubt lived in perpetual pain. But in the midst of his darkest hour, Job said, "God, I know that you have granted me favor." (Job 10:12)
Now here's what people often overlook. There are 42 chapters in the book of Job. Job made that statement in faith in chapter 10. He was not blessed, healed, or set free until chapter 42! But Job knew in the very beginning when his circumstances appeared the darkest and without hope, that could would grant him favor. It may have taken a bit longer than Job anticipated, but he wasted no negative energy on trying to "get back" those who have wronged him. Instead, his eyes were raised always anticipating favor from God. I believe this made life bearable.
The Bible says, "Hope to the end for the divine favor that is coming to you." (1 Peter 1:13). It is noted that this verse is stated for the return of Christ. But it is also truthful in letting us know to never give up. Never waste our energies on things that we simply can not change ourselves. Keep on believing, instead, that God promises good things and so these things shall come as blessings to each of us. If you keep your hope in the Lord, and not on what surrounds you, God promises favor. You may have to be a bit patient, but when God's favor shows up it will be in a burst of blessings.
So whenever that one person has you down, look inwards and claim, "God I know Your favor is coming my way." Today as you go about your normal activities understand that you always have God's favor available to you. Live with confidence, dare to be bold. Don't allow anyone to get you down by trodding heavily on your path. Look deep inside and realize you've got the edge. You have the favor with God.