TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, November 16, 2020:
The state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid or support; reliance; confidence; trust; subordination or subjection.
Who among you fears the Lord - let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely [have dependence] upon his God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
David went from being a shepherd boy to being the King of Israel. Throughout his life he was dependent on God. As a shepherd boy he had to kill a lion and a bear to protect his sheep. In each instance he gave the Lord credit for delivering him from the problem.
When David told Saul that he would go and fight Goliath, Saul was against it because David was just a young boy. David answered Saul by saying "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the jaw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine." [I Samuel 17:37]
This was the first of many battles that David had to fight in his life time, and through them all David never lost his trust in God. His DEPENDENCE was always on his God.
David wrote many of the Psalms and in them he proclaimed how much he depended on God. For example:
Find rest, O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor DEPEND on God! He is my mighty rock, my refuge." Psalm 62: 5-7.
When we think of depending on God, we remember visiting a mother with her new born baby in Honduras. She was reading to her baby from God's Word. We asked the mother through our interpreter why she was reading the Bible to such a young baby. Her response was that she knew he did not understand now but she wanted to make sure that his earliest memory is the hearing the words from the Bible so that he would become totally dependent on God as he grew up.
Just as a young child depends on his or her parents for almost everything, we as believers in Christ need to depend totally on God. As the scripture above reminds us, we cannot rely on our own understanding. God has given us the ability to think and reason but when we trust in our own understanding or wisdom, we often find that we do not have all the answers. Our wisdom is limited but God's is not.
One needs to learn the independent side of dependence as one walks the Christian life. We need to show our independence in the day to day activities of this world while depending every moment on the leading of the Lord in our lives.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Hebrews 13:8.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Help me today to learn more about trusting You. In all that I do this day help me to depend on Your leading and not on my own understanding. May each one in my family learn what it means to depend on You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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