October 1, 2012

God Reliant

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 1, 2012

“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19

The ultimate expression of humility is reliance on Almighty God. He is the source of significance and He provides strength for life’s journey. Jesus Himself confessed that He depended on His Heavenly Father as a model of what to do. Just as Jesus looked to His Father, so His followers look to their Heavenly Father. Obedience does not act alone.

Activity for the Lord is best achieved when accompanied by a blueprint from God. Our self-reliance gets in the way of our God reliance. Anger, will power and intellect are the fruit of self-reliance, while patience, trust and humility are the fruit of God reliance. We honor our Heavenly Father when we first ask Him how to solve a problem or how to love the unlovely. Our imitation of Christ’s actions are an indicator of humble reliance. Thus, we forgive ignorant offenders and we challenge religious hypocrisy, as He did.

“For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” Psalm 26:3

People let you down, but the Lord is 100% reliable. He is never late, but seldom early in His timely explanations. For example, you may want to transition now, but He wants you to go deeper in your understanding and application of wise stewardship. Learn to make finances a friend and not a foe. When you take matters into your own hands, He matters less. Rely on God’s economy and trust He will provide in unconventional ways.

You rely on God when you wait on His best, before you make a relational commitment. You rely on God when you take a stand for what’s right and entrust your reputation with Him. You rely on God when you release a grudge and extend forgiveness. You rely on God when you share the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirt and trust the results with Him. Pray as if everything depends on God, and work passionately as unto the Lord.

“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” John 5:30

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that You are 100% reliable, keep relying on You!

Related Readings: 1 Kings 2:4; Psalm 86:11; Proverbs 25:19; Matthew 26:39;

Post/Tweet: When we take matters into our own hands, He matters less. Thus, rely on God’s wisdom and wait on His timing.

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