August 22 Devotional

Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man” (Psalm 108:12).  Give us help … we have trouble … we have asked for the help of other men … they have given it … we are still in trouble.  When will we wake up to the fact that there is only one place we are going to find the help we need?  We know that God is the source of the help we need … so why is it that we continue to trust others more than we trust God?  Why is it that the advice given to us in the Bible many time is our last resort, rather than our first choice?  Why do we depend more on unsaved people and what they think than we do about what our God has to say?


The answer to these questions and others is that it seems easier for us to depend on those we can see as opposed to depending on the God we cannot see physically.  There is one other thing that I have not mentioned, that is a reality we all need to deal with; we have a sin nature that is absolutely opposed to the holiness of our God.  Knowing that these things are true, let’s determine today to live dependent upon God.  Let’ live today asking for His advice and help before we ask for others.  Let’s honestly and repeatedly ask for the help of God.  He has the answers and the influence that we need for whatever we are going to be facing today.


There have been many times that I was in a leadership position and doubted that I had the wisdom needed for whatever decision was in front of me.  I can recall during those times having a sense of what should be done, but doubting my own judgment so much that I was skeptical about saying what my “heart” was telling me.  After following what the Holy Spirit was telling me to do, I saw the incredible blessing of walking in the center of the will of God.  I want to encourage you to stubbornly fight to stay in the middle of the will of God.  I want to encourage you to listen to that “still small voice” that comes from within you (that is the Holy Spirit).


In the life of every Christian there comes a time when you must trust God fully and ignore the clamoring of the world and other believers.  Take time today to ask God for wisdom in knowing what He thinks about what you are facing.  Rather than running from friend to friend, or even family member to family member, turn to Him first and last.  Give God the opportunity to touch your heart in this busy world today.  Read His Word with a heart that is yearning for His wisdom and instruction.  Don’t turn away from what He reveals to you in His Word.  Decide that you will trust the leading of the Holy Spirit today and remember that man is vain when compared to God.

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