May 04, 2022
God created men and women in His image. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made with amazing uniqueness and abilities. But none of us were designed to run without God. Millions have tried, with disastrous results. But when a man--particularly a leader--relies upon God with simple, consistent dependency, he discovers that God is waiting to lead him and those who follow him with amazing clarity.
David, the great Shepherd-King of Israel, should be studied, for he lived this humble, dependent life—not perfectly, but more consistently than others.
David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.” So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. (1 Chronicles 14:10-11)
The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley. David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. (1 Chronicles 14:13-14)
God led David by communicating with His young leader in prayer. God knew, and David knew that great leadership depends upon simple faith. A willingness to inquire of the Lord and an expectancy that God would hear and direct. Each time David came to the Lord in prayer, God heard and spoke.
Each situation called for new faith and fresh intercession. Every circumstance demanded this dependency and individual instructions. At one point, God told David to go up. In another, to circle to the back and wait for His direction. Only these specific, heeded instructions would bring success.
God is the same today and waits for us to come to Him in prayer. To depend upon Him for direction and to worship Him as He faithfully provides, over and over and over again. He is as ready to lead us as He was to lead David. And if we are people like David who pray and obey with no intermission, we will see the same success.
Father, thank You for Your willingness to speak to us and lead us uniquely. Give us the humility and wisdom to look to you without ceasing throughout today. To hear Your directions on every word that proceeds from our mouths, every direction we need, every instruction for our battles. And give us grace to obey explicitly and worship fully.
September 20, 2023
September 19, 2023
When you’re lifted up in pride or bowed down in discouragement, look at the stars. Every bright light reminds us that He is God and there is no other. The One who made the stars and knows them by name, made you. And you are of infinite worth to our Sovereign Creator.
“He made the stars also.”
August 31, 2023