June 6, 2011

Sustained By God

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 6, 2011

“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-sustainable 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. But 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 for His children. He sustains those who remain students of what’s wise—and when wrong, they change before it creates 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 He will not forsake you in your old age. Humility doesn’t take on the mantle of self-sustainability; rather it’s 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).

How can I trust my life with 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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  1. Sharon Winters says:

    Fear is foreign to a faith filled focus on Jesus that flows from a humble heart.
    Dear Boyd Bailey:
    I subscribe to Wisdom Hunters and have suggeted it to several others. I am sending this comment because in the last week or so, it appears to me that your writings have become more esoteric. Perhaps this is what you have intended as wisdom may be esoteric! However, as exampled above, I find it more difficult to get to the heart of what you are saying when my thoughts get jostled by the alliteration. Submitted in love, keep up the good works.

  2. admin says:

    Sharon thanks for your loving reminder, clarity is what’s most important and by God’s grace that will be my goal. Have a blessed day!

    In Christ,


  3. Clara Thames says:

    Dear Boyd, I too suscribe to Wisdom Hunters and it has been a blessing. I often feel as though God has been telling you directly what is going on in my life. Today’s writing is spot on for what I needed to hear. My husband became unemployed a year ago and finally found a job this Febuary. He had been working up until May of this year. He was then diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is unable to work while having radiation/chemo treatments and I work part-time at a convenience store. Needless to say, we are scraping rock bottom! Our church family has been helping us with love offerings. I am so humbled by their generosity and love. God is shining through them more than I could have ever imagined. It is difficult to understand how hard it is to rely on GOD for everything until you actually have no other choice. We all get to a point where we think we have been totally broken, but we have only seen a small crack in the surface. Thank you for your writings and keep listening to God for your subject matter. I truly feel his wisdom coming through. With love in CHRIST, Clara

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