It was great to be together last week and learn a lesson about contentment. Here’s a little devotional to remind us all that our strength comes from the Lord:
Sometimes I feel like I am in over my head in certain situations, but these are just the situations in which God loves to show His mighty hand. Think of Gideon who was up against thousands of Midianites with an army of only 300 men. The victory was the Lord’s; not man’s. Consider David with just five smooth stones against a giant Goliath. And what about Daniel and Samuel and Joshua and Hezekiah; all in situations way over their heads, but with a great and mighty God on their side?
When we remember these stories of faith-filled, God-sized victories we are reminded of God’s great ability and power. Sometimes our challenge comes in actually believing He cares about us and wants to intervene in our personal situations. Yet the God of the big, miraculous Bible stories is also our loving heavenly Father who delights in the details in the lives of His children.
Several weeks ago I had that sinking feeling that I may be over my head. I was scheduled to fly to Eugene, Oregon in order to shoot six videos in one day. Here’s how the day was set up, I was to shoot a video for a half hour, then have a half hour to change clothes, redo hair and make-up and go over my notes for the next video, then film another 30-minute video, then back to change, redo and study, then another video… You get the picture. From the moment I learned about the schedule I realized this was beyond me, but I also knew it was not beyond the power of God. I prayed for God’s strength, wisdom and guidance. I asked a team of friends to pray for me as well.
The beautiful thing about doing these videos was that I knew I needed the Lord. I couldn’t depend on myself alone; I knew I was dependant on the God who invites us to cast all our cares on Him. When I am in a place beyond my own abilities and give my needs to God, then He gets the glory. If I stay in a place of depending on my own abilities and depend on myself, well then, I tend to take the credit.
To God be the glory. This past weekend I filmed the videos in Eugene, Oregon and they went without a hitch! God gave me energy, and presence of mind from the beginning of our filming to the very last video. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it was Him!
I don’t know what you are facing; it may be way beyond what you feel like you can handle. I want to encourage you to look to your Provider, your loving Heavenly Father who is able to meet your needs in any and every situation. Paul as a prisoner in Rome wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” He may not change your situation, but He can give you what you need in the midst.
Points to Ponder:
- Don’t be afraid of situations which seem beyond your abilities.
- Remember you have a God who loves you and is able to meet your needs.
- Cast your cares on Him.
- Give Him the glory.
Just in case you were wondering, the videos I filmed were for my newest book with the wonderful people at Harvest House Publishing. The Bible Study videos will come out in November 2010. The title is “A Woman’s Passionate Pursuit of God.” To read about another life lesson learned in Eugene this pasts weekend, go to my other blog: www.positivemoms.blogspot.com