By Clancy P. Hayes
Today's Scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33
Central Thought: You can do all things through Christ.
Have you ever noticed that God seldom calls people to a task that they can accomplish in their own strength? I have never taken on a ministry task that didn't require me to spend time in God's presence pleading for His assistance. I believe that He does this to keep me humble and dependent on Him.
If there were ever a person unqualified to do a task, it was Josiah, but he remained faithful throughout his reign: 'Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years” (2 Chronicles 34:1, NIV).
Josiah could have become lazy and relied on his advisors, but he refused to do so. He continually sought God and made adjustments when he or his followers began to move off course. The key to your ongoing success is to remain humble and dependent, even after gaining the experience to 'go it alone.”
If God has asked you to do something that seems to be beyond your ability, go for it. Take a risk. You won't fail as long as you rely on God for your strength and guidance. If you have been ministering in the same place and doing the same thing for years, evaluate who is providing the strength for your ministry. If you are doing it in your own strength, repent and seek the proper source.
Devotional Prayer: God, give me the courage to try new things and the wisdom to stay dependent on You.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33; Romans 16:8-27; Psalm 26:1-12; Proverbs 20:19