September 10 Devotional

I hate to admit this, but I find it very easy to worry about what is coming that I cannot see.  When I am preparing for a trip somewhere, I can imagine the worst things happening rather than the good.  When I was playing sports, I always imagined my opponent to be far better than he actually was, or at least not as good as I thought he would be.  I have heard many preachers describe worry as sin.  I must agree … because worry is really a lack of faith in God when you think about it.  If I am worrying, I am not totally depending on God and His ability to care for me in the challenges I am facing.

 

There is a wonderful story of King Hezekiah from the prophet Isaiah.  The king of Assyria had sent a very threatening letter to King Hezekiah describing the way he planned to destroy Israel.  Hezekiah laid the letter on his bed and went to prayer.  God made this promise to Hezekiah: “Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land” (Isaiah 37:7).  You need to read the entire chapter, but here is what it says toward the end of the chapter: “Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses” (Isaiah 37:36).

 

What a powerful God we serve!  This God can deliver on the promises He makes to us.  If God tells you in His Word that something is possible, you can depend upon Him.  If He tells you that you should not be doing something that has become a habit to you, you can depend on Him to help you stop.  If He tells you to give a tithe and you have bills that are piled up, you can believe that He will provide for every bill if you are faithful and consistent in giving your tithe.  What I am saying is that you can trust God to deliver on every promise He makes.

 

There is one more lesson to learn from this chapter … don’t think you are bigger than God!  The end of this chapter describes how the King of Assyria’s sons killed him in disgrace after his entire army had been killed.  There is no victory when you try to go against God.  It is far better to walk with God in obedience than to try to do what you want that is opposed to Him.  When the challenges of life come to you, always trust your God.  He is well able to overcome any enemy in front of you today!

 

There are times when defining moments can change your life.” – Unknown

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