Look to God and his strength, not yours.

Scripture:
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. – 1 Chronicles 16:11

Observation:
David had brought the Ark of God to Jerusalem and celebrated a feast in God’s honor for being the God of Israel. At some point in his celebrating David composed a song of thanks, in which he praises God and tells the people to always seek God and his strength.

Application:
The LORD is the source of all our strength, wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Without God there is nothing! David had learned his lesson about seeking God’s direction in doing anything because his rashness cost the life of a good friend, Uzzah. We, too, must learn this hard lesson of seeking God for wisdom and strength.

Again, when we set out to do things our way, we lead ourselves into trouble. Thus, we must learn to rely upon God’s direction and strength. We must learn to resist the temptation of pride and arrogance, or we will fall flat on our faces and may even cost us something great. When we act out of arrogance and pride, we sin. We tell God that our way is better than his, but we will suffer the consequence of our sins also. Trust in God and God alone.

Prayer:
Father, this is the second time in as many days that you speak to me about trusting in you and seeking out your will and wisdom. I have begun to fast and pray for direction in my life and that of my spouse. As I seek your will, I trust you to reveal to us, both, the next step we are to take in our lives in service to you. We will not move forward until we have heard from you. May your will be done and not ours. We seek the face of the LORD always and your strength. Praise be to our God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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