Today’s devotion has little to do with the daily Reading, but is rather something on my heart today. Sometimes it is good to depart from where we are, and be challenged by something that is applicable and fresh.
Sometimes we can face challenges and doubt the sufficiency of Christ to see us through. It may be something outside our control or even something in our circle of control that we struggle with. When we trust in ourselves and try to rely on our own strength we fail every time, and doubt sets in. It seems impossible to “rise above” the problem in our own energy. No amount of positive thinking will give the grace and strength to handle the issue.
I have known those who struggle with the care of a loved one that is increasingly difficult. There are those who seem to constantly be in financial straits. Others have a physical limitation that prohibits them from doing everything they would like. Each of these things and more are struggles hard to carry.
It might be that you have a past that haunts you, or struggle with a certain character deficiency that often leads to sin (anger, lust, bitterness). These are wrong, and you realize that, but yet you still struggle with them. Your desire is to never sin, but you seem to fail. Paul understood this struggle in Romans 7:14-25.
Let me be clear, I am not saying it is okay to sin, or that you should just give up and give in to your temptations. Actually, I want you to do the exact opposite. My hope is that your mindset will change to every struggle in your life, whether that be sinful tendencies, or things out of your control.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:8 - “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When we own up to the areas we are weak in, and submit them to Christ all powerful sufficiency... then He can show Himself strong. He shows He can handle our problem if we will just submit it to Him. Your right you are not strong enough, but He is.
I don’t know what weaknesses you have or what challenges you may struggle with day to day, but Paul rejoiced in them. He saw how incapable he was to handle his life, and submitted to Christ control. Glory in those things that you wish sometimes weren’t there, because they make you trust in the Lord more.
It is a matter of dependency, and God wants us to feel it everyday. He wants us to say, “I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR!” Take some time today to express you great need for the Lord, and let Him know how much you depend on Him in every area of your life.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Kings 1 - 2
1 Kings 2:4
“That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.”