Reference: v.17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: In case I get into any financial trouble, I have a savings account set aside for emergencies. In case the shops are all shut and I need some food, I have extra cans in my pantry so I can provide a meal at any time. In case my petrol gauge becomes faulty and it doesn’t instruct me when I need to fill up, I always reset my odometer so I know exactly how many kilometres I’ve done on one tank so I wont run. These are all little things that I do to control my life. They are practical and wise and reduce any unnecessary stress in my life.
Application: While it is good to have emergency plans in place it is important that it does not give me a false sense of security. When I have the ability to control so much in my life I often forget to hand over control to God. When I am so good at organizing everything, why should I hand control over to someone else? And yet I forget that no matter how great a planner I may be, God is wiser and more powerful than I will ever be. While emergency plans are good, let us not forget to remember where our strength truly comes from.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I try to control every part of my life. Help me to depend on You more than depending on my own abilities. Amen.
What plans are you trying to control rather than handing over to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.