Daily Word for Tuesday, August 18, 2015
There is something in our humanity that causes us to be near-sighted concerning the accomplishments of others and, sometimes, our own.
I often hear people referred to as ‘overnight sensation’ in various fields. The reality is, when we see them it is likely not the beginning of their career but a recognition of some recent accomplishment that fails to reflect the long hours, days, weeks, months and years of hard work getting to that accomplishment.
David was that kind of ‘overnight sensation’, who after years of struggle was anointed King of Israel [II Samuel 5]; his inauguration didn’t reflect his journey.
So what is the significance of the journey? The journey is the training ground upon which you are becoming what God has purposed you to be.
Consider the following observations related to your journey to accomplishment. Your journey is where you learn to:
1. Hone your challenge management skills.
• Trust skills.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
• Anxiety management.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
2. Your obedience and submission skills.
Psalm 23:1-6 – The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
3. Your relationship building skills.
Philippians 2:2-4 – …fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Colossians 4:5-6 – Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
Ephesians 5:33 – Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
• Mercy and grace
Luke 6:36 – Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
II Corinthians 12:8-9 – Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
My friend, meditate on these things!
Peace and blessings!