DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL MAY 14, 2019– The Saint’s Confidence
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL MAY 14, 2019
TOPIC: THE SAINT’S CONFIDENCE
TEXT: JOB 23:1-17.
KEY VERSE: “Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me” (JOB 23:6).
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL
An American business executive sat on the park bench, head in hand, because he was deep in debt without any hope of liquidity at sight. Suddenly, an old man came near and listened to his story of business woes. Then he gave him an unsolicited cheque of USD500,000 signed by John D. Rockefeller, the then world’s richest man. “I can erase my money worries in an instant!” he exclaimed in his monologue. However, rather than cashing the check he kept it in a safe. Confident in the existence of the cheque, he changed his business strategies by negotiating better deals and securing extended terms of payment, while closing several big sales.
These new strategies paid off as he offset his debts and began to record profit again within a short period. He realised then that it was his confidence in the supposed existence of a half a million dollars that encouraged his changed strategies and breakthrough.
In an outward expression of his personal holiness, Job justified his bitter complaint over his afflictions and desired desperately an audience with the immutable, invisible and omnipotent God. He desired his quick trial and self-assured acquittal by the impartial God of justice whose presence and omnipotence he feared.
Like Job, irrespective of our seeming unpalatable, prevailing circumstances, we gain the confidence and boldness to approach the throne of grace in prayer after an objective spiritual self-examination and assurance by the Holy Spirit over our right standing with God. How much of God do you know? How often do you desire to be in His presence in season and out of season? He is our sufficiency in all things. Hence, our faith must be reposed on Him at all times.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Believers’ confidence in the Lord should move them to superlative exploits.
COVER TO COVER 2 CORINTHIANS 1-4.
1. Why God at times appears far away from the saints vv9,10.
a. Inability to look inward and discover where one is not pleasing God vv4,7.
b. Blaming God as the Source of our pains and calamities or complaining that God is not doing enough to remove our challenges vv2,6,16.
c. Complaint instead of praise while passing through challenges v2.
d. Walking by sight and not by faith vv3-5. Job was expecting to see a visible God on a visible throne. Though He is invisible, He is real and alive! “The just shall live by faith”
e. Fainting in prayers instead of praying without ceasing vv3-5.
2. A challenge to faithfulness in the midst of trials
a. See your challenges as temporary trials/test of faith that you must pass v10.
b. Reflect on Job’s four attitudes during trials of faith vv3,6b,11,12.
Q Do you have such a consecration? No wonder God lavished multiplied blessings on Job after he passed his test.
TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
2. Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!
3. His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
1. Lord, let me never loose your sight of your presence and love when passing through tough times.
2. Lord, give me grace to pass my test anytime I am tested.
3. Lord, work in me and empower me to have the right attitudes whenever I am facing life challenges.
4. Lord, I ask for divine comfort, help, solution and grace for all your children battling with temptations and trials of faith.
Impossible Is Not God