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I just had to jump start my van. I went to start it and got the horrid “click of death.” It had nothing. No juice. No energy to start. Of course, I already had a busy day scheduled, so this was a slight inconvenience for me. But, as I sit here pondering the situation, I can’t help but think that I find myself feeling that way in life. No energy. No power for the day or for a particular task.
The problem? My power source. Just like my van, the source of power was empty and needed replaced. I find myself with no power when I am not connected to the right source: my relationship with God.
When I disconnect from Him, I have no power. I try to do life on my own and quickly find myself in need of a “jump.”
Oh that I would stay connected to the true source of power and strength.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Today I am enjoying my family, eating good food and hearing from friends all over the world. I am counting my blessings and weeping as I do it. God has been so good to our family. He has always been good to us, but the last two years have brought me to a new level of gratitude and appreciation for the simple and little things in life. We can move so fast that we take things for-granted. Take time everyday to taste and see that the Lord is good… because He is!
As for me, I am thankful to have my family around me today. I am thankful that my kids and grand kids are ALL healthy and whole. I am thankful that I have a wonderful group of people at Christ Community Church that I get to pastor starting this next week as we move to Oklahoma. God is good!
What are you thankful for today?
So, the Israelites forget all that God had done for them in the past, and they measured the task by their own strength. We also see that…
- They viewed things in their own perspective rather than in the light of God’s promises.
In Numbers 13:33, the Bible says that the Israelites “saw the Nephilim,” compared themselves to those giants, and decided that compared to the giants, they were like little bugs.
God had already promised them the land, yet the Israelites lived as if this was all going to depend on them to accomplish. NEWS FLASH: God has already won the victory! What He says he will do, He will do! He is faithful!
We can get so wrapped up in things and our circumstances around us that we forget that God has already promised to take lead us to a determined end. If we are going to be “Giant Killers” and not “Grasshoppers,” we have to remember the promises of God.”
Ok, one more!
- They were more concerned about their circumstances that they were God’s will.
In Numbers 13: 27-28 the Israelites said, “It is all like God promised it would be… It is good like God said… It is just as He promised…” And then they said, “But…” (vs. 28) . They recognized God’s will and then saw it in the light of their own circumstances (the people that were in the land) and they decided God’s will was just not worth it.
I know many people that have done the same thing. They think they want to follow God’s will until they see the circumstances around them as they step out to follow God. Then, they just decide it is not worth it to follow God’s plan for their life.
It is not always easy to follow God’s plan, but it is always worth it!
If we are going to be “Giant Killers” and not “Grasshoppers,” we have to focus God’s will, not the circumstances around us.
Let’s strive to live like Giant Killers, not Grasshoppers!