Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: O our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon you. 2 Chronicles 20 : 12
LISTEN: No matter how adequate we think we are, there is still part of us that harbour inadequacy. A man’s strength is another man’s weakness. Generally, mankind is inadequate without God. We are empty, powerless and vulnerable without His help. No matter how strong and powerful one may seem, no single person has what it takes to overcome all oppositions or battles. Truly, some will be difficult, tougher and stronger to deal with (Psalms 142 : 6). In our bible verse of the day, King Jehoshaphat knew that the enemy forces facing him and his own people were far more powerful than his small army. As he reviewed his options, he also realised there was no human scheme or strategy that could save them. Rather than foolhardily moving forward to battle, he admitted to his own people, and to God, his inadequacy and led them together in this prayer (in our verse of the day) for help.
Beloved, how often do you acknowledge your inadequacy and desperate need for God? Are you too confident of yourself that you do not recognise your need for divine help? Do you know that without God your strength (military, financial, academic, etc) will fail you? Jehoshaphat and his people prayed and confessed thus: ” We do not have the strength to face this challenge on our own. Neither know we what to do.” Like them, have you come to this point in your life, in your struggle? Have you given up trying to fix your life and problems by your own strength or wisdom? Have you expended your limits and have reached your wit’s end? Is your hope gone? Not to worry! Like Jehoshaphat and his people, this is the time to say to God, “My eyes are on you, now. ” (Psalms 43 : 1 ; 2 King 6 : 15 – 17). Ask God what He wants you to do. What and where He wants you to be. Beloved, when your strength is gone and you put your weight on God’s, you will discover His unfailing strength and wisdom to help, save and to guide all the way.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not rely just on your own strength and wisdom, rather rely on God’s.
2. Always pray to God when you are threatened by opposition and trust Him to deliver you.
3. When you have come to a wit’s end in your life, trust God for a miracle.
4. Acknowledge your inadequacy without God and He will make you adequate.
Daily Task: Beloved, when your strength is gone and you do not know what to do, put your trust in God. You will discover His strength and wisdom to help, save and to guide.
Daily Reflection: Have you given up trying to fix your life and problems by your own strength or wisdom? Have you expended your limits and have reached your wit’s end? Is your hope gone? Not to worry! Put your hope in God.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! I thank you for your word today. I acknowledged that my strength is limited. Therefore, fill me with your own strength and cause me to overcome the enemy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you acknowledged the limitations of your strength. May God fill you with His own strength and cause you to overcome the enemy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Quote: Every ‘man’ at his best is still inadequate and incomplete without God at the centre of it all.
Today In History: October 17, 2001 Rehavam Ze’evi, Israeli tourism minister and founder of the right-wing Moledet party, is assassinated by a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); he was the first Israeli minister ever assassinated.