Parting Words From The WORD…I’m His Favorite, by Judith Robl

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(Thank you to writer and speaker Judith Robl for responding to my call-out for guest bloggers. With all the recent writing conferences, I thought her devotion is perfect for today. Thank you, Judith!)

I’m His Favorite, by Judith Robl

Focus verses: Genesis 37:3-11

Joseph is a boy – a teenager really. Can’t you just imagine his youthful cockiness as he tells his dreams to his brothers?

And the fact that he is his father’s favorite just adds fuel to the fire.

At a writers’ conference several years ago, I sat at the supper table with a young woman who’d had a great day. She concluded her recitation of God’s blessings to her with “I’m His favorite.” As we all took turns sharing our triumph for the day, she’d interject to each “how wonderful! You’re God’s favorite.” It became a running by-word for the remainder of the conference. And it was a reminder to us that God cared about each of us in every detail.

In fact, we’re each God’s favorite. He loves us each as if we were His only child. But this does not give us reason to be cocky and self-assured.

Rather it should make us more sensitive to the feelings of others, more ready to encourage and support their efforts to know God better.

We can best reflect His love by speaking gently and humbly, by loving unconditionally, and by admonishing softly with God’s truth.

Father, God,
Wrap us in the security of Your love. Help us reflect it to all we meet who are starving for knowledge of You.
In Jesus most precious name,
AmenJudith Robl headshot

Bio: Judith Robl is the author of As Grandma Says (Harvest House) and founder of Reflected Light Ministries and speaks to women’s groups about prayer, forgiveness, and drawing closer to God. Trained as a secondary level English teacher, Judith has a heart for mentoring. She and her husband, Martin, have been married almost 50 years and enjoy time with their grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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  • Shirley Corder

    Beautiful message Judith! I love the story of Joseph, big mouth and all!

    • Judith Robl

      Thank you, Shirley. I’m sorry I missed your comment and am so late in replying.

  • Gwyn Hubbert

    This is so wonderful. I believe my 3 sisters and our aged parents were His favorites today as we picked a housekeeper for our parents. He sent us a pastor’s wife who was calm, a dog lover (we have a 4th sister with 4 legs) and is respectful of their independence. She has been the housekeeper for the brother and sister-in-law of Mother and Daddy’s best friend! All afternoon I have said over and over, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

    • Judith Robl

      Isn’t it wonderful to see His hand in our circumstances? How great for all of you. You really are His favorite. I’m very glad this worked out so well.

  • Beautiful post! I especially love, “We can best reflect His love by speaking gently and humbly, by loving unconditionally, and by admonishing softly with God’s truth.”

    • Judith Robl

      Thank you for your comment, Julie. That line is probably my favorite of the entire post. Love is an action verb. Our emotions should motivate us to act.

    • I love that part, too! Great truth I need to hear again and again.

  • Valarie Fish

    I think you know why I love this article Judith! 🙂

    • Judith Robl

      Yes, I do, Valarie. Thank you for being the inspiration.

      • Valarie Fish

        what an honor! I think God just told me again today that I am His favorite! LOL

        • Judith Robl

          I’m betting He did!

    • Well, Valarie, it sounds like there’s a story there! 🙂

      • Judith Robl

        But you’ve already read that story, Vonda.

  • Love the thought that each one of us is a favorite of God. Too often I forget that. Thanks for the reminder, Judith!

    • Judith Robl

      We all need to be reminded from time to time, Cheryl. I certainly do. Thank you for commenting.

    • I forget it, too, Cheryl. As soon as I read this post from Judith, I knew immediately it was the one I wanted to share!

  • Glenda Mills

    I love this…and I don’t know how the Lord makes each of us feel so special. Such amazing grace and how we need to reach others with the same grace. Thanks for sharing Judith.

    • Judith Robl

      Glenda, I’m glad you enjoyed this. We all need to be reminded from time to time that each of us is God’s only child. I love your name. It’s the same as my eldest daughter.

    • Yes, Glenda, what a loving, tender God we serve!

  • Rene` Diane Aube

    Thanks for the spiritual hug ANd reminder to be a gentle, humble, loving, and soft reflection of God’s love. God bless. 🙂

    • Judith Robl

      Oh, Rene, you are so very welcome. The only thing better than a spiritual hug is one in the flesh. Consider yourself hugged again. ((( <3 )))

      • Rene` Diane Aube

        Awww…thanks Judith! ♥

    • “…a soft reflection of God’s love.” I love that, Rene!

      • Rene` Diane Aube

        Now if I could just BE all of that….arrgh!

  • Nan Jones

    This is wonderful Judith. Thank you. I can still remember the day when I realized that I was the Lord’s special possession – His treasure, the Apple of His eye. What an amazing revelation.

    • Yes! And someone–it might have been Edie–explained one time that the term “apple of ____’s eye” means that they’re close enough to you that you can see your own reflection in his or her eye. I love that description!

    • Judith Robl

      I’m glad it touched you, Nan. I came to that same realization during a large prayer meeting while I was sitting on the floor of a friend’s living room. I nearly exploded with amazement, joy, and an overwhelming sense of being undeserving. It felt like I had been born again – yet again. John 17 is still one of my favorite chapters.

  • As an only child, I certainly get the “I am His favorite” idea 🙂 So thankful His love isn’t dependent on me, my works, or anything else I have to offer. This is one time I welcome countless “siblings.”

    Have a great weekend, Vonda!

    • I never realized you were an only child. As the oldest of four with most of my childhood spent caring for younger siblings, that sounded like heaven to me back then!

      • Funny, Brian guessed it right off the bat when we first met. ha!! Four siblings — wow. Do imaginary friends count?

        • I don’t know…Did you have to change their diapers and clean up their mess and fight to keep them out of your stuff?

          • Thankfully no, or else they would’ve disappeared as quickly as they appeared. 🙂

          • Hahahaha!

    • Judith Robl

      Hi, Cathy. We have the “only child” syndrome in common. But God has blessed me with many adopted sisters and daughters for which I am mighty grateful. I’d be delighted to count you among them.

      • It would be an honor, Judith! God bless you 🙂

        • Judith Robl

          Thank you, Cathy. You share a name with my second daughter.

  • Sherry Carter

    I’m thankful that Vonda posted this, Judith. I needed to hear this today.

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Sherry. With so many years of attending writing conferences, I know the struggle first hand. You’re not alone.

    • Judith Robl

      Thank you, Sherry. I’m glad you found it useful.

  • Judith Robl

    Thank you, Vonda, for finding this worth posting. But I blush to see how long it’s been since I updated my bio. Friend-husband and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

    • Congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary! Gary and I will be married 45 years on Sunday! (I’ll be sure to change that in your bio.)

      • Judith Robl

        Thank you, Vonda, for cleaning up after me. I’ve been at work all morning, Just finished lunch about 30 minutes ago.

      • Judith Robl

        Sunday is June 1. Congratulations on 45 years of living and loving with Gary! I’m sorry I didn’t think to congratulate you earlier. Some days are just more harried than others. But God is in charge of them all. And aren’t we grateful for that?!