Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 22, 2013
“Do you see how this man [Goliath] keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:25
Rewards come to those who are in tune with God’s right results. This is why it is wise to define what the Lord wants and then stay focused on implementing His action plan. Because David was under the King’s authority he was committed to executing his priorities. The expectations can seem overwhelming, but this is where by faith, God fills in the gaps. It may require twenty years of preparation for twenty minutes of engagement. Rewards come to those who prepare and succeed.
Moreover, there is an overarching satisfaction in knowing we follow Christ’s calling. We are slaying by faith the giants of disbelief, fear and inaction in the name of the Lord. Intimidating voices try to shout us down, but we hear the Spirit’s still, small voice of assurance and we stand firm. Our resources may seem inadequate to our critics, but we know the Lord will multiply His provision ins a way that exceeds expectations. Our abilities blessed by God get rewarding results!
“The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness.” 1 Samuel 26:23
Are you overwhelmed by what is expected of you at work? Has a health issue struck fear into your soul? If so, take your mustard seed of faith and ask your Master Jesus to move the mountains of fear for His sake. Giant obstacles are His opportunity to overcome with His creative solutions. Look outside the box of conventional options and be open to unconventional means. Your intimacy with your heavenly Father grows your influence–even with your enemies.
The reward of peace comes from not exchanging it for an unsustainable pace. The reward of hope comes from waiting on the Lord’s provision. The reward of joy comes from your generosity. The reward of rest comes from trusting God with situations out of your control. The reward of relational health comes from investing in others and forgiving their indiscretions. Above all, the reward of your heavenly Father’s favor comes by remaining faithful to His call!
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Prayer: Master Jesus, take my mustard seed of faith hope and move my mountains of fear for Your sake.
Related Readings: Jeremiah 29:12-14; Matthew 10:39-41; Luke 19:17; Acts 11:23
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