Devotional March 14, 2017

Numbers 27 | Numbers 28 | John 8:39-59

How is everything going this week? I hope well. My week has been a bit of a slow one for me physically. I am still not feeling 100% and sleep has been non-existent for me, but I continue counting my blessings.

One cool thing this week is that I was offered a promotion at my job! I am really happy about it and it has been something that I have been pitching to the company for a while now and they finally listened. I am definitely looking to hit the ground running and I believe it will be a great opportunity for me.

The struggle for me is continuing to keep things managed and balanced. As you know, if something increased, more than likely something else is decreasing. So, with the increase in my role at work I am pushing hard not to decrease anything with my family or ministry. This is a lot easier said than done, but I am working on it.

I continued on with my bible plan and read the book of John 8 39-59. In these verses Jesus is talking to religious leaders and Pharisees and telling them about their unbelief. He says one thing that grabbed my attention. In verse 54, Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who will glorify me.”

There is nothing we can do in our human knowledge and strength that would exceed what God can do for us.

We live in a culture where it is all about YOU. What have you achieved? What have you accomplished? What degrees do you obtain? What experience do you have? We live in a culture that honors a man’s accolades more than his character. We live in a society that idolizes self-achievement, self-worth and lives the ME lifestyle.

I find it fascinating that even the Jesus himself, the great I AM, the first and the last, said that if he wanted glory for himself, it would not count. If Jesus said that about himself, how much more do we need to humble ourselves and allow our heavenly father to lift to us up?

We are control freaks, just admit it. I am one. I try to control everything including my own life, but the more “I” control, the further “HE” is from me and the less “I” control, the closer “HE” is to me.

It is that simple.

Right now my biggest struggle is my pride. I will admit I am a prideful person and if I allow that to dominate me, I know God will not abide in what I do.

My natural tendency is to look out for my own desires and needs in all fields of my life. So, my biggest thing is given up control on things that I have some type of control over. God has been challenging me to give up and give in. To let him lead the way.

Trust me when I say that this is a lot easier said than done because honestly speaking, sometimes you don’t know where God is in that area or circumstance. So, because you don’t know, you just assume that you’re supposed to handle it and that is not the case.

God is always near. Whether we know it or not.

God has never left. He has remained and he wants to work in the midst of our lives.


Application

So my question to you is this. Have you fully given God control in every field of your life?

If not, then why?

God will meet you right where you are. There is nothing you need to do. Just surrender and watch him do what He does best.