Journey Through The Bible Hero

JUNE 9, 2021 DEVOTION

1 Kings 5:1 – 6:38, Acts 7:1-29, Psalm 127:1-5, Proverbs 16:28-30

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will be no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to His loved ones.” (Psalm 127:1-2)

Question – “Do you ever struggle with an attitude of ‘self-sufficiency’ or ‘self-reliance’?”

There are many people in our world who have received Jesus Christ into their lives and know their eternal destiny is Heaven, that live self-sufficient or self-reliant lives. Although professing to have surrendered their lives – their ambitions, attitudes and actions to the Lord – they daily make decisions and live their lives without consulting with the Lord, trusting in their own intellect and abilities to get them through life. Have you ever operated your life like that? Are you currently living your life like that?

The Psalmist points out in our text that nothing we build, construct or develop in life is secure, successful or satisfying unless it is initiated, directed and empowered by the Lord. That means our financial, educational, and vocational plans won’t be completely successful unless they are initiated, directed and empowered by the Lord. Our relationship plans won’t be completely successful unless they are initiated, directed and empowered by the Lord. Even our physical and spiritual plans won’t be successful unless they are initiated, directed and empowered by the Lord. The direction, provision and protection of the Lord is necessary for us to experience strength, security and success in every arena of life!

Second Question – “In what areas of life do you at times fail to seek God’s direction and empowering?” Do you seek the Lord’s direction and provision for your daily schedule of activities, and if so, when do you do that? Do you seek the Lord’s direction and provision before entering into conversations with others, or before choosing programs or movies you are planning to view? Do you seek the Lord’s direction and provision concerning decisions you need to make in regards to your family, your work, your ministry or friendship relationships. The Bible says, “There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors” (Proverbs 11:14). There is even greater wisdom in not only conferring with godly and mature Christians when making decisions, but conferring with the Wonderful Counselor when making decisions in life. I believe that if we would simply begin to develop the habit of asking the Lord, “Lord, what do you think about this?” before we make decisions on a daily basis, we would save ourselves much grief over bad decisions and reap much joy from our God-directed decisions.

Third Question – “What insight and intellectual advantages does the Lord have over you and me in regards to the crucial arenas of life?” Does the Lord know more than we do about finances, careers and educational opportunities? Does the Lord know more than we do about relationship success? Does the Lord know more than we do about physical and spiritual health? Since He does, it is always wise to confer with Him in order to seek and do His will. If we believe that the Lord knows best and desires the best for us, we should have a desire to continually rely upon His strength, knowledge and ability rather than our own strength, knowledge and ability.
Jesus said in John 15:5, “Without Me you can do nothing.” He didn’t say, “Without Me you can do many things, some things, or even a few things.” He said, “Without Me you can do NOTHING.” When we learn, believe and begin living by that principle, we are on our way to security, success and satisfaction!

As you pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to show you arenas in your life where you need to consult with Him more, and pray for Him to show you how to better consult with Him; 2) Ask the Lord to forgive you for the times you haven’t consulted with Him, and ask Him to give you revelation and direction for going back and undoing some of your decisions so that you can implement His decisions; and 3) Pray for the Lord to show you today the decisions He wants you to make, the schedule He wants you to keep, and the relationships He wants you to build and develop. Unless the Lord builds our lives, marriages, families, careers, etc., everything we do is in vain. May what happens in our lives today and in the future be initiated, directed and empowered by the Lord!