03 July 2013

Might and Power

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 27:6

NLT: King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the LORD his God.

ESV: So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.

Observation: This stood out to me starkly today . . . that God will honor obedience.  Not performance, but willing obedience.

Application: I've felt pretty powerless today.  Children fighting and giving in to despair over the smallest things, a whole avalanche of things getting in the way of my time in the Word.  (I finally had to lock myself in the bathroom in order to read the last three chapters. lol)  The enemy has gone from tactics of confusion to chaos. But we're overcoming in Christ.  And He rocks my world. :o)  And this verse served to remind me that as I obey (out of love, in dilligence), my God will honor that, and will make sure that I have what I need.  I'll learn from every mistake and hardship, and He will carry me through.

Prayer: Oh, Lord my God, sustain me today.  Sustain me always.  Pour our Your strength upon me and my household so we can stand unmoved in the face of the chaos and shadow-puppet attacks of the trickster, and see YOUR salvation for us made real.  In Jesus name, so be it!!! Amen.

(Can I just say, ever since my Life Journal buddy Dustin used the old Greek name of "trickster" for the enemy, it has just seemed so shiveringly appropriate? I don't use it often, because it gives me the willies, but man-oh-man, is it true!)

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!