This Month's Promise

ď..those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.Ē

- (2 Cor 5:15)

Read: II Chronicles 20:1-4,20-23


"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord .Ē (Jeremiah 17:7)

Tucked in one of the mountains of New York, is an amazing getaway for families - a great chapel preaching every morning, no TV, crystal clear lake, campfires, fishing, golf and more game playing. It was also an incredibly beautiful place with all kinds of scenic views and walking trails. So when Lisaís friends suggested her to join them for a moderate hike, she thought it was a great idea. But, their definition of moderate was entirely different for Lisa. She had pictured a path with a gently winding upward slope, but what she actually experienced was more like scaling a cliff made entirely of rocks. She huffed and puffed and climbed hard and eventually reached the top. Climbing up the mountain against the force of gravity was hard. But coming down was a completely different experience. Lisa navigated the same rocks without feeling stressed. She enjoyed the whole journey.

Dear friends, starting at the top of the mountain and going down along with the force of gravity is so much easier than starting at the bottom of the mountain and working against it. We can apply this principle even in our Christian walk. Operating in the flow of Godís power is so much better than working against the flow of Godís power. In II Chronicles 20, we read of King Jehoshaphat. He went along Godís plan in his actions. If he had tried to figure out how to win the battle based on the limited strength of his army, he would have surely given up. But he resolved to inquire of the Lord and followed exactly His directions. That was the secret of his victory. Let us also participate in Godís plan rather than breaking our heads and devising schemes that seem to be wise in our own eyes. Our job is to be obedient to God, to apply His Word and walk according to His ways - not according to the worldís suggestions. If we seek to obey God even in the midst of odd situations, no doubt we will position ourselves to work in the flow of Godís power.

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, let me not operate in my own strength and power, but let me go in your way and follow your timing. Let me apply your Word in every situation. When I go through hard times, let me yield completely to the flow of your power and be relaxed. Amen.