WHEN SOME BASIC NEED IS LACKING—time, energy, money—consider yourself blessed. Your very lack is an opportunity to latch onto Me in unashamed dependence. When you begin a day with inadequate resources, you must concentrate your efforts on the present moment. This is where you are meant to live—in the present. It is the place where I always await you. Awareness of your inadequacy is a rich blessing, training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.
The truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary success. Health and wealth can disappear instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice in your insufficiency, knowing that My Power is made perfect in weakness.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
[2 CORINTHIANS 12:9]
~ Sarah Young ~
GUARDED AND GUIDED BY THE FATHER’S LOVE
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me”.
Peter was unique among the 12 disciples. He had unique potential. Unique problems. Unique personality.
But in John 21, Peter compared himself with another disciple, wondering if the future course of their lives would be similar. The Lord’s reply was simply, “Follow me.”
Timothy Dwight offers this insight on the danger of comparing one Christian’s lot in life with another’s.
WALK WITH TIMOTHY DWIGHT
“How often we find that we never escape certain difficulties. We hope to escape them; we wonder why we do not.
“The Lord’s reasoning is clear: We were made for the accomplishment of a special divine purpose—for the showing forth of a divinely formed character and life—and all allotments of experience are wisely fitted to that end.
“The work of Peter as a disciple of Jesus was intended to be different from that of John. He was to show the development of true life in a different way.
“Providential dealing takes all our living, and every part of our experience, into God’s plan and purpose.
“It teaches us to trust that the natural movement of our lives is under a supernatural guidance, and that in all things we are guarded and guided by a Father’s love.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Loving Father, you are the Lord over all, my Creator, my Savior. You know me better than I know myself.
Remind me often that my life is still under construction as you use my particular abilities for your glory.
Help me to see trials as opportunities to become more like the person you want me to be.
Thank you for the daily delight of following you. In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray. Amen.
“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
[1 Samuel 17:37]
Today, as I face the Philistine giant of contempt, or the lions of judgment and injustice, help me to take my slingshot of faith and slay the giants of doubt and fear.