God on the Side

When God’s first, everything else is right; that’s what the word “preeminent” in Colossians 1:18 means.  He’s first, or, at least, He’s supposed to be.  When we get God out of order—something else coming before Him in our lives—that’s when there’s trouble.  But what about when there’s something in this world that we love ALONGSIDE God?  That one’s tricky.  That’s what I think about when I read about King Ahaz.

2 Kings 16:2, 10-16

2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as his father David had done,

10 When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details. 11 And Uriah the priest built the altar; in accordance with all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, so Uriah the priest made it, before King Ahaz arrived from Damascus. 12 And when the king came from Damascus, the king viewed the altar. Then the king drew near to the altar and went up on it 13 and burned his burnt offering and his grain offering and poured his drink offering and threw the blood of his peace offerings on the altar. 14 And the bronze altar that was before the Lord he removed from the front of the house, from the place between his altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of his altar. 15 And King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, saying, On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering and the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. And throw on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice, but the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by. 16 Uriah the priest did all this, as King Ahaz commanded.

King Ahaz was as wicked as they come.  Believe me, I’m not attempting to spiritualize or redeem him in any way.  If there’s anything to learn from him, it’s what NOT to do.  King Ahaz removed the bronze altar of the LORD and put his fancy new altar in its place; then he put the bronze altar off to the side of his “great altar.”  He wanted what he wanted with God on the side.

This world is good at making us feel like what we have isn’t enough, isn’t it?  “You need THIS,” it says.  “You’re missing out.”  Is there anything in your life that you love alongside God?  I’m not deriding loving one’s spouse or children; though, we can easily make them into idols in our lives.  When our focus is loving God above all, all other relationships are made better.  I’m also not saying that there’s anything wrong with having things or maintaining an enjoyable pastime. Idolatry, putting something else before God, is something that we readily condemn; however, we can easily justify something when we think of it as merely alongside God.  The tricky thing about loving things in this world alongside God is that they have a way of becoming the main event, and just like wicked King Ahaz’s alter, they can push God off to the side.  Is there anything in your life doing that?  Well, ask yourself this:  is there anything you’re pursuing more than Him?

OUCH!  This one stings!  You see, I can be given to impulse, and many times, when I discover an new interest, I develop wholehearted tunnel vision for a time.  Then, when I finally come up for air, I painfully sense God saying, “Hi!  Remember Me?  I’m still here.”  It’s then that I realize that my heart has been chasing something else more than the Savior.  I have to give God control in that area.  I have to let Him show me if I can enjoy whatever it is without it becoming greater than Him, or if I have to give it up for Him.  That’s hard.  But when I give it up to Him, I literally feel myself getting closer to Him, and it’s always worth it.  Nothing in this world compares with him.

So, is God first and flowing over and through the rest of life’s pursuits? Or is there something competing with Him for your heart?  God’s bronze altar was alongside Ahaz’s “great altar” but it wasn’t CENTER.

Beware loving something alongside God; “God AND” is still idolatry.  The throne of our heart isn’t a two-seater.  Only the Lord is worthy of being enthroned there.

Matthew

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Everything I Need

What do you need right now?

A cup of coffee? A million dollars? A new knee? A gallon of milk? What do you need?

How about spiritually? What do you need? Will the cup of coffee help? Will the money? Will a new knee help you spiritually? Perhaps the better question is this: Do we really think about our spiritual needs? Probably not much. That’s Kevin talking. Honestly, it’s easy to think more about our earthly needs than our spiritual needs. When all is right and the coffee is hot and there’s enough money for the bills and the knees don’t hurt, well…what’s there to worry about spiritually, right? If all that temporal stuff is taken care of, then the spiritual is not that big a deal.

Philippians 4:19-20

19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 

But, no earthly possessions or earthly comforts can meet our spiritual needs. Truly, nothing can satisfy the human soul without God. The stuff of this world is never going to be able to satisfy our souls.

Think of a man in prison, condemned to die. Imagine going to him and telling him that someone has left him a $100 million estate with a palatial mansion. Would that bring him joy? Of course not! How could it? He could never enjoy it! But, let a man bring that prisoner a pardon… What would that do to his soul? Would it bring him joy? You better believe it!! The joy and delight of the pardon would cause the man to rejoice!

1 John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

What we need is pardon! The most excellent blessings of this life are not found in this life. Can we grasp that fact? The most excellent blessings of this life are found in God! God is the only one that can feel our souls with all that we need! He is our delight! He, after all, is our Creator and there’s nothing more satisfying to the created soul than to find our sufficiency in our Creator.

What do you need right now? No…please don’t check the refrigerator or the cupboards. Look into your heart. What do you need…spiritually? Are you needing a touch from the Father?

Perhaps you would take 3 minutes and sit still. Maybe get to where you can look outside. Get to a window and look to the heavens and allow the presence of the Lord to invade your mind. Think on His character and who He is. Recall to Him His attributes. Think about God. No…not what you need or want…but, think of God. Worship Him! Think of His power. Think on His majesty. Consider His holiness. See Him high and lifted up! See Him seated on His throne in heaven. See Him as the One who created all things with nothing but words. (Talk about power!) See Him as the One who is incomparable.

1 Timothy 4:15b-16

…he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Kevin

PS – We’re taking the upcoming week off to prepare for the Real Time Truth podcast.  We’re excited!

Anyone Else Tired?

I hope you got a good night’s rest last night.  Waking up tired is a terrible feeling; the dread that suddenly becomes associated with your day can be overwhelming.  I’m praying for you as I write this, especially if you find yourself just wore out.  A lot of weariness comes not as a result of strenuous labor or lack of sleep, but because of the wrong kind of labor and a misunderstanding of rest.  Jesus told us…

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

If you find yourself weary, can I encourage you?  This world puts a lot of pressure on us all to succeed in very specific ways, and when we buy into that value system, that definition of success, we burden ourselves in way in which the Lord never intended.  What’s more, when we further invest in living by the world’s system, we don’t eventually find rest; we become even more burdened.  The “hustle and bustle” or the “daily grind” efficiently eclipses this truth in our hearts, which is why I endeavor to “stir you up by way of reminder” as Peter said in 2 Peter 1.

True rest comes from God.  He’s the satisfier of our souls, the eternal part of us.  And even when I’m busy in the doing, when I’m doing for Him, there’s peace.  There’s rest.  Jesus’ illustration is of being yoked with a strong ox.  I can’t pull the burden alone; in fact, I can’t move it at all.  He does it all, and I just walk beside Him.  If I’m attempting to do my own thing, well, then I’m pulling against the strong ox.  I’m going in the wrong direction, and it’s wearing me out physically, mentally, and spiritually.  When I walk in step with Him, looking for opportunities to honor and obey Him in all areas of my daily living, there’s fulfillment, there’s joy, and there’s REST.  

Rest doesn’t come from “eating right,” or an “early to bed” mentality.  Both of those practices are good, but they’re wanting on their own.  There’s only One who brings true rest, and it only comes by actively carrying out His will for living, not ours.

Are you tired?  Are you weary?  Do you need rest?  Instead of just going to bed earlier tonight or studying your schedule to become an even better time manager, ask the Lord how you can submit more of your day to Him.  It’s all about Him.

Love you!

Matthew

The Hook in the Bait

James 1:14-15

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

I’m not a huge fisherman, but I’ve fished enough to know that the correct bait is absolutely essential if you want to catch any fish. If you use the wrong bait, (no matter how good you might think it is), your efforts will prove fruitless. You can have the right boat, the right rod and reel…even the right clothes…but, if you don’t have the right bait, forget it.

Do you think Satan knows this? Sure he does. He knows it better than you and me, I promise. He’s wise, and wily, and he knows the right kind of bait to use for us. The bait he uses for me is probably not the bait he uses for you. He knows our weaknesses, he watches our “game film,” and he knows where to hit us, and it’s there that he hides the hook.

How does he hide the hook? Simple. In the sweet pleasure in which he says you and I need to indulge ourselves.

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 

What he also hides, however, is the pain and heartache that comes with that pleasure. Satan promises us that which tastes so good, but as soon as we get it in our mouths, we feel the pain of the hook piercing our jaws and being set with precision. And then we’re simply led around by the line that’s coming from the hook. He has us!

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin…

Oh, Satan promises us the pie, but leaves us holding the crumbs. The Bible says we must resist the devil, and he will flee. Will we? Are we? Are you pushing the devil away or taking the bait? Joseph kept his distance from the enticements of Satan and ran out of the arms of a beautiful woman, while David brought the beautiful woman to his room.

What is Satan dangling in front of you right now? Don’t take the bait! There’s a hook inside!! What you’re told by Satan of the tasty, sweetness will ultimately end up in nothing but bitterness and shame. The sorrow is never discussed…only disguised by Satan. Sin brings with it the saddest losses that the human soul can know. It’s unspeakable.

…and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Don’t take the bait. It’s a simple admonition…but, the reminder is needed for us all. Don’t take the bait…or you’ll be trying to pull a hook from your mouth that could destroy you in ways you could never imagine.

Kevin

Keep Digging!

I read a passage of scripture a while back, and while I’m several chapters past it in my daily devotion, it keeps coming to mind.  See what you think.

2 Kings 4:1-7

1 Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves. 2 And Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house? And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.3 Then he said, Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside. 5So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. And he said to her, There is not another. Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.

I frankly got little from the passage when I first read it, and it would have been easy to have put my Bible away and hoped for a more immediately applicable study the next day.  Thankfully, however, it’s gnawed at me.  There’s something here for me, so I can’t let it go.

Thing is, so often, we can read a passage of scripture and walk away with as little as we started.  This is particularly true is the passage seems dry and irrelevant.  We hurry and finish reading it and think, “Well, I’m not sure what that meant;” it sounds silly to say that aloud or in text, but that’s how we operate, and then we leave it there!  Maybe we’ve ran out of time because we got distracted, or we didn’t allot enough time to study to begin with.  Whatever the case, time’s up, and we’ve got to go.

And with that, we close our Bible’s without giving that passage that seemed void of personal application any further consideration.  But, you see, God included it in His Word with purpose.  There’s something there!  There always is.  We just have to be faithful to dig it out.

Where was God in the passage?

What was He doing?

Who was He dealing with?

What were they doing?

I’ve made some observations about the scripture in line with those types of questions.  Check out what I’ve got…

  • The woman had a need:  she needed money for the creditor who would take away her children as slaves if she didn’t pay up (verse 1).
  • She inquired of the Lord through Elisha (verse 1).
  • Something in her home (the jar of oil) was used to meet her need (verse 2).
  • The vessels used to help supply her need were from others (verse 3).
  • Elisha told the woman not to borrow “too few” vessels (verse3).  
  • He also told her to “shut the door behind yourself” (verse 4).
  • The lord filled all the borrowed vessels, giving the family enough oil to sell and pay debtors AND to live on afterward.

What do I do with that?  Does anything pop out to you?  I’ve got a few ideas that I’ll hit in a moment.  The point I’m making here is that I mustn’t stop at mere observation or simple reading.  Otherwise, I’m relegating a portion of the inspired Word of God to the junk mail pile.  In practice I’m saying that perhaps not all of God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12).  Just because a passage doesn’t specifically say, “This is the will of the Lord,” doesn’t mean that it isn’t revealed.  There are lessons to be learned from the lives of those recorded.  Is there something to learn about honestly talking to God (prayer, unloading our burdens, being vulnerable before Him because He sees through us and loves us anyway)?  Is there something to glean about dealing with people (edifying words, patience, forgiveness, quality communication)?  How about our finances and surrounding ourselves with things that tie us more to this world?  How about the way a person plans his or her life without even considering what God wants for his or her life?  I could go on, but I think you get it.  These types of lessons are often the toughest to dig out, and yet they’re often the most readily applicable.  That bears repeating.

Lessons from the actions and lives of people named in scripture are often the toughest to dig out, and yet they’re often the most readily applicable.

Such lessons are sometime difficult to dig out because it doesn’t say anywhere “and the Lord said,” or “Therefore, do…” or “because of this, don’t…”  We have to dig out the precept through observation, allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us; this requires THINKING about the passage, asking questions of it, and not merely reading it.  However, the great thing is, BECAUSE IT’S FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S LIFE, the lesson is actually readily applicable; we either foster the beliefs or repeat the actions of the spiritual person, or we choose to do differently than the carnal (saved but acting lost) or the natural (lost) person depicted in the passage scripture.

Do I have the passage above figured out completely?  No way!  But I’m working on it.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:  1) Take problems to the Lord (don’t just try to make something happen on my own); 2) OBEY (especially when it doesn’t make sense, seeing as I don’t have the big picture); and 3) EXPECT the Lord to come through mightily!

ou might think the first too are no brainers.  Theoretically they are!  However, we demonstrate that we truly believe it by WAITING on the Lord.  In my last devotion, I wrote about the horrible mess we can get ourselves into by just going out and making moves without considering God.  Do I look at Him as my only hope?  My last chance?  If I do, I’ll be willing to do whatever He says.  I haven’t got it perfectly figured out; I’m still growing too, but that’s the point—growing.

The last part, though…EXPECTING great things from God.  This isn’t the “name it and claim it” nonsense.  God owes me nothing; it’s I who owe Him everything.  The observation I made is that, according to Elisha’s warning about not getting too few vessels, the woman could have limited God’s provision.  She could’ve only borrowed a couple of Rubbermaids, and only the sandwich size ones (you know the ones I’m talking about), and the oil would have stopped flowing sooner.  In fact, I’m convinced that had she gotten many more containers from her neighbors, she would have wound up with even more oil.

The question I ask myself is, do I only expect small things from the Lord, and as a result, only take tiny steps of faithful obedience?  I know it would help me be more on His page each day!  I would be actively looking for His activity in my home, my work, my church, and especially in myself.  I know that by expecting little from the Lord squashes an vision in my life, and by “vision” I mean a preferred future on which I believe God wants me to partner with Him on to accomplish.  Would I see things that I ordinarily view as mundane and insignificant like all of my random everyday interactions as vital opportunities to partner with God?  I could go on about how not limiting God with low expectations could affect my life, but I’m trying to stay on track.

Don’t abandon a passage of scripture or breeze through it in order to get to the following, more savory passage just because it’s dry or confusing.  Chew on it!  DIG!  God’s Word is alive, and every bit of it has something for you.  And never forget, as a Holy Spirit indwelt believer, you’ve got what it takes to dive deeply into the Word.  Give Him a chance to teach you (John 14:26).  Enjoy!

Matthew

If God Gave You What You Wanted…

I’m sure you know the verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4), but, what does that mean? “Delight yourself in the Lord…” You see, most often, we focus on the last part of that verse…you know…the “desires” part. We want the “desires of your heart.” I get it. I really do. That’s human nature. We’re selfish. We really want all we can get. So, let’s just give the Lord a little bit of time here and there and wham-o…we get the desires of our hearts right? Wrong! That’s not “delighting in the Lord…” that’s “delighting in me!”

To “delight in the Lord” is to seek what He’s after. That should make perfect sense to us. And here’s the thing. When we delight in the Lord, and what He wants, and what He desires, guess what. Our desires will change and not be about ourselves and our kingdoms, but instead, they’ll be about His kingdom. I can promise you when we desire what the Lord wants, we’re not going to be desiring $10 million unless it’s so we can use it for the kingdom.

Where do the desires of your heart lie? What is the source of your greatest satisfaction? Joseph Alleine, (A Sure Guide to Heaven), asks:

“If God would give you your choice, as he did to Solomon, what would you ask? Go into the garden of pleasure, and gather all the fragrant flowers there; would these satisfy you? Go to the treasures of man…would any of these satisfy you and make you to consider yourself happy? If not, go farther; wade into the divine excellencies, the store of his mercies, the hiding of his power the depths unfathomable of his all-sufficiency. Does this suit you best and please you most? Do you say, ‘It is good to be here; here will I dwell, and here will I live and die?’ Will you let the whole world go rather than lose this?”

And the answer to that question will determine your desires and mine. Do we want what makes God happy? The short answer is: probably not…most of the time. And therefore, we give ourselves what we want and we find that the pleasure is fleeting and only temporarily satisfying. Why is that? Because we chose that which was for ourselves, and that’s temporal and will pass away. But, when we live our lives with the things of God in our front windshield instead of our rear view mirror, then we’ll truly have the desire of our heart. And those desires will strangely almost miraculously be exactly what God wants for our lives. How powerful is that?

If God gave you what you wanted…

What do you want?

Kevin

Give God a Chance!

Did you know that God doesn’t share His glory?  I bet you did.  He works in ways in which He alone gets the glory.  However, we don’t always wait on Him to work.  Or we don’t depend on Him for provision, protection, and guidance, and we invite trouble into our lives by taking matters into our own hands.  We make things worse when we could’ve just relied upon the Lord in the first place.

My example for today spans two chapters, but don’t worry!  I’m not going to try and enforce your reading of it all.  However, once you’ve read my selections and the connecting explanations, you may want to.  Let’s set the scene…

2 Kings 6:24-25

24 Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria. 25 And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver. 

Pretty dire straits, wouldn’t you say?  We’re talking about buying and selling donkey heads to eat!  And I don’t even want to know what they wanted with the dove’s dung (cringes).  Anyway, Syria’s siege on Samaria had brought them to the breaking point.  However, there’s no mention of a righteous few calling out to the Lord for rescue.  Instead we’re made privy to an awful account that may have been typical for the desperate situation.  Keep reading…

2 Kings 6:26-31

26 Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, Help, my lord, O king! 27 And he said, If the Lord will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress? 28 And the king asked her, What is your trouble? She answered, This woman said to me, Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow. 29 So we boiled my son and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, Give your son, that we may eat him. But she has hidden her son. 30 When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes—now he was passing by on the wall—and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth beneath on his body— 31and he said, May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.

This is truly deplorable.  These women were so hungry (and apparently unscrupulous) that they made a pact to cook their children and eat them together!  There truly are no words.  Then to make matters worse for one of them, after she had given her child to be eaten, the other woman benefited from eating him and then withheld her own child.  My response would have mirrored the horrified king (except for the whole “murder the Lord’s prophet to get back at Him” part).  Oh, if these women had only waited another day!  When the king’s messenger got to Elisha, this is what he learned…

2 Kings 7:1-2

1 But Elisha said, Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.  2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be? But he said, You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.

Such measurements and costs basically meant that food would no longer be in short supply.  The messenger didn’t understand how this could happen, and neither did the king’s officer.  Did the Lord open up the floodgates of heaven to supply the need?  That would have been plenty miraculous, but look at what He did do…

2 Kings 7:3-7 

3 Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, Let us enter the city, the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die. 5 So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. 6 For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us. 7 So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.

Raining food from heaven would have been simpler in my mind, but no!  The Lord caused the Syrian army to hear the sound of an even greater army THAT WASN’T THERE, and they fled for their lives without taking anything with them.  The Lord literally made the source of Samaria’s scarcity their source of abundance!  Do you see what I mean by God working in such a way that ONLY HE COULD RECEIVE THE GLORY?  It’s AMAZING!

Why don’t we see God doing such miraculous works in our lives today?  Is it because we don’t need it?  No, I don’t think so.  Might it be that we just don’t wait on Him?  Could it be that we don’t leave room for Him to work (like the women in the scripture above)?  Instead we see a need or an obstacle to overcome, and rather than seeking guidance from Him in His Word and prayer, we just throw ourselves headlong into it, “taking care of it” ourselves.  We retrospectively say, “It wasn’t pretty,” but we got it done.  Could the recurring difficulties that are related to something we’ve “taken care of” in the past be because WE took care of it instead of letting God?  Maybe…but we’ll “handle” those too, right?

Could the Lord fix things perfectly in our situations?  Absolutely!  We’ve seen it happen, but it requires obedience and trust.  An obstacle arises (you name it), and you seek God for wisdom.  God actually begins working from two directions in your situation; you, of course, only see things from your perspective.  Then the perfect solution meets your circumstances, and afterward you learn that Lord was working in another area you couldn’t see.  Only He gets the credit for that!!!

What if we were more obedient?  What if we trusted Him MORE?  What if we made sure to give God the glory for every good thing in our lives (James1:17)?  Would such miraculous measures be required for God to get glory in our lives?  Or could the same wonderful solutions become reality through simple obedience on behalf of someone who would freely give credit (glory) to God instead of themselves?  What do I mean?  When you get a promotion at work, does God get the glory, or is it because of your hard work?  When you make a good grade, does God get the glory, or is it just because you’re just that smart?  Illustrations abound.  My point is, could we see more success in all areas of our lives without apparently divine measures if we were just more submissive and gave glory to God for it all?  Well, I’m pretty sure that’s precisely that Psalm 1 teaches…

Psalm 1:1-3

1 Book One

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

The one who relies on the Lord for direction prospers in all he does.  So give God a chance!  Is it likely that you’ll begin relying on God for everything overnight?  No, and I don’t believe God expects that.  He knows us and deals with us accordingly.  How can you give Him more control today?  The more we do that, and the more we give Him the glory, the more, I believe, we’ll see those wondrous breakthroughs in our lives for which only God can get the credit.

Matthew