Thursday, 7 April 2011

Doing things in your own strength?

 How’s that working for you?  
In 2 Kings 4, the bible tells the story of 3 kings who joined together to attack the Moabites.  They decided to go through the wilderness and they came into a situation where there was no water for themselves or their animals.  They determined that God had brought them into the wilderness to be given over to the Moabites.  King Jehoshophat asked if there was a man of God amongst them. Elisha was there.  Elisha was so unimpressed that he said if it were not for Jehoshophat, who was God-fearing he would not even acknowledge them. 

Elisha sought the Lord and the result was in 2 Kings 3 v 16 – 17: Thus says the Lord: ‘Make  this valley full of ditches’ For thus says the Lord: ‘you will not see wind, nor rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’  Not only did God provide their needs for them, because they (finally) sought Him, He gave them the victory as well.  2 Kings 3 v 18:  And this is but a trivial thing in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.  And if you read the rest of that chapter you see just how God did that. 

How many times have we tried to do things our way and we have failed.  We become despondent, overtired, ratty and there just does not seem to be any victory in it.  An example of this is how in the past my husband would seriously under quote to get a job because we needed the income.  We might get the job and then he’d work himself to the bone to get the job done with limited resources and in the end have no profit to show for it thus he basically worked for nothing.  He sought the Lord and at some church service a pastor told of how Jesus was a carpenter and how He would probably have charged a fair price for a fair product.  So my husband decided in faith to quote a fair price for a fair product and trust God for that work to come in.  If he got the job, He thanked the Lord and trusted that it was from Him and if he did not get the job, he thanked the Lord because he felt God was then protecting him from a problem client or some other hurtful outcome.  And so his work started flowing in, in God’s way and thus he started to get the victory.

My encouragement to you is to stand still if you are getting no where fast and ask yourself the question, ‘am I doing this in my own strength?’  If the answer is yes, then go to God’s word and He WILL guide you.  Remember too, He cannot guide something that is not moving so in faith move forward but seek God for direction constantly and if you feel He has directed you then in faith move in that direction.  Don’t worry if sometimes you hear wrong.  Just acknowledge this and try again.  God is a God of grace and mercy and loves that we try.  Remember, persistence is the key to overcoming. 
Prov 3 v 6:  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

God bless

1 comment:

  1. Just what I needed to hear.
    Why do I keep forgetting this and carry until until I just can't anymore?



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