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Friday, December 7, 2012

When Trust In Our Self Is Not Enough


by Arthelo Palma

2 Samuel 10

When Trust In Our Self Is Not EnoughThere are many things we can do in order to be successful in certain aspects of our life. We can apply strategies and other relevant moves which could bring us forward to success, but some of them could not totally guarantee to lead us to victory. The reason is we could be limited, especially if we are overcome by our pride or emotion. The usual result would be the failure to choose the right decision, leading us to troubles.

In today’s reading, another essential point why David was successful in defeating the Ammonites was his ability to initiate relevant strategies, and for being an excellent mentor.

On the other side, I see that David was creating a balance between techniques of life and his ability to rely on God’s powerful hands. I saw this from the way Joab, David’s s right hand addressed the pressure of being in the midst of fighting with the Ammonites. Joab said, “Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight” (verse 12). I firmly believe that no other person who could have influenced Joab this way, except David his mentor.

In totality, because of God’s wisdom and David’s humility before the Lord, it was possible for David to win every battle he faced, and even mentored somebody to have strong humility and faith before God.

We might employ our own strategies today, but we still need to balance everything, not forgetting that the greatest part of our actions should rely on what God can do for us. 

God’s message:

God’s wisdom and our humility before the Lord together will lead us to success.

God’s promise:

God will help us win our battle.

God’s command:

Be humble before the Lord. Do not be ignorant of His Words. Eliminate pride.

God’s warning:

Ignorance brings pride and even defeat.

Applications:

Acknowledge God in everything you do.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, Creator of Heaven and earth, thank You for allowing us once again to receive Your Word today. It is our prayer that You will help us create a balance between trusting ourselves and relying on the power of Your hands. Help us to become humble before You at all times. This we ask and pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

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