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Monday, August 13, 2018

When I Hit a Detour, Don’t Give Up!

In review of 2 Chronicles 16:9 it says, “GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him” (The Message).

Today’s verse is 2 Chronicles 16:9. In it I’m told that the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. To count on myself or someone else is foolish and will only keep me battling.

It's not a sin to use human means to solve my problems, but it is a sin to trust them more than God, to think they are better than God's ways, or to leave God complete out of the problem-solving process.

God gives me a mission, and I can be sure I’ll run into delays, difficulties, detours, and dead ends along the way to accomplishing it. It’s just a natural part of life. But I can be ready for them.

For example, if anybody had a right to be discouraged, it was Noah. It took Noah 120 years to complete it. Could I spend 120 years on a project without one word of encouragement. The Bible tells me that Noah trusted God. And when he heard God’s warning about the future, Noah believed him, even though there was no sign of a flood. I bet there were many days that Noah didn’t feel like going to work, but for 43,800 days, he went to the same place, and he worked. He never gave up.

With his story as a backdrop, I shouldn’t give up on a dream or assignment, either. God is in control. And I haven’t read the final chapter of my life. God’s already written it, but I haven’t read it yet.

The Bible says, “GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 The Message). God is looking for those who are committed to him and his plan so that he can bless them.

If I want to be one of those people, then I shouldn’t give up!

Bottom Line:
God strengthens those whose hearts are committed to Him. It would be foolish to only count on yourself.

What this means to me:
God will give strength to me if my heart is fully committed to Him. But if I forget, or do things with my accord I should not expect his help.

Father, I tend to use my own strength to resolve my problems. Today’s verse is a reminder for me to do the work you have laid out for me. You will give me the strength I need if I commit what I do to you.

This morning Father I pray for your strength to accomplish what you have give me to do. Allow me to learn from my failures and not make excuses. To be authentic in my dealings. To use and steward power for the good of others. Help me give power away and entrust those who work for me the ability to grow and feel valuable. Allow me to help cast a vision. Allow me to help people know that I notice what they do, encourage them with how them matter. In Jesus name I pray.