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God is pushed to the sidelines

This devotional today is a must-read for everyone. Go download the devotional PDF and read for Jan. 17.

Means. Christians frequently rely on material things. In doing so, God is pushed to the sidelines. We lean on human innovations. We trust in academic degrees to equip for ministry. We assume buildings are necessary for worship. They may be important but hardly imperative. A few with God overcomes the many that depend on themselves. The hope of the world lies in the Lord, Psalms 31:1-5. Faith in Him is far more powerful than dependence on ourselves, Ephesians 6:10.

This reliance on material things is all too evident, especially in missions.

Focus question: What material things do I consider essential to success? What must I do to be among the few who depend upon God?

What say you?

  1. In 2 Kings chapter six, Elisha’s servant was unnerved when he saw the Syrian army. He turned to his master and said, “Oh, no, my master. What will we do?”
    Many people are impressed by what Bro. Ed Matthews labeled, “means.”
    We don’t have enough money, time, ability so we worry and ask, “what will I do?” Even those who wear the name of Christ look at the state of the world today and worry about it to almost the exclusion of all else because humans can become preoccupied with “means.”
    Elisha told his servant, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” The servant could not understand this until God allowed him to see for himself.
    Often, we are afraid because we don’t remember “our side outnumbers them.” We should remember that the Lord God has not left us without help or counsel. We have our heavenly Father who provides for us, and the eternal presence of the King Eternal. We must also remember that we walk by faith, not by sight.
    So, all we need do is open our eyes that we might see.