January 9, 2015

Sustained By God

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 9, 2015

The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.  Psalm 147:6

A life sustained by the Lord is secure and at peace. Fear is foreign to a faith filled focus on Jesus that flows from a humble heart. Humility positions a person for provision from the Almighty, while pride invites exclusion from eternal resources. True sustainability stresses humble submission to God. It looks for the Lord’s leadership.

A self-sustained existence is an illusion from the enemy. He makes us think we are in control and there is no need to call on Christ. But isn’t it the pinnacle of pride to think I can sustain myself without my Savior Jesus? A Savior is not needed for someone who thinks they are self-sustainable. He guides the humble into what’s right and real.

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9).

Humility is a prerequisite for people who desire to be guided by God. He searches for servants of His whose humility invites His intercourse into their activities. It may mean what I thought was the right relationship, career path or financial plan—was not the Lord’s will. He clarifies, corrects and confirms His children. He sustains those who remain students of what is wise—and when wrong, they change to avert a crisis.

God’s track record of sustainability can be trusted. He sustains you during the sickness of your spouse. He sustains you in the middle of conflict and misunderstandings. He sustains your character in the aftermath of great accomplishments. He sustains your business and ministry by His grace. He sustains your faith when it comes under fire.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).

Do not let the uncertainty of your financial future shake your confidence in Christ. He will renew your faith and will not forsake you in your old age. Humility doesn’t take on the mantel of self-sustainability; but instead is honored to rely on its heavenly Father. His sustainability isn’t shaken. You can rest secure in the sustaining arms of your Savior Jesus!

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).

Prayer: How can I trust my life to the Holy Spirit’s sustainability and not my own?

Related Readings: Job 36:18-19; Psalm 41:3; 147:6; Hebrews 1:3

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Additional Resource: 2 minute audio devo, Sustained by Feeding- Spurgeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8S2ock6Ov8

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