by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, April 17, 2020
2 Chronicles 32:8 CSB, "He has only human strength, but we have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles. So, the people relied on the words of King Hezekiah of Judah."
God often flexes his muscles and rescues us from tragedy. Sometimes we miss how God exercises his strength, on our behalf. God reveals his power and care for us, by giving wisdom to doctors, leaders, researchers, the benevolence of family and friends. God gives vaccines, therapies, and cures. Then God tests us with a simple question. God asks, "Did flexing my muscles strengthen your faith in Me or my strength? Once God rescues us, pride becomes our next problem.
Hezekiah trusted God to fight his battles, but when God won, "Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit he received" (2 Chronicles 32:25). When we come out on the other side of the COVID 19 pandemic, will we praise the God of strength or salute the human power which God used to save us? "Hezekiah humbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah" (2 Chronicles 32:26).
The Bible calls giving credit to another, for God's help, idolatry. We need to praise and thank our first responders, doctors, caregivers, leaders, researchers, inventors, and financiers. But we should never forget to give God credit and praise for the benefit of wisdom, compassion, foresight, intuition, and innovation, He provides in our times of desperation.
Lord Jesus, I will bring my gifts of appreciation and return on the benefits I have received from you. When the pandemic is over, I will let my worship, respect, and giving back to you continue day by day, week to week, and from my home to work, work to recreation, recreation to reverence to you for all you do. Lord I will trust you and your instruction to give me rest on every side (2 Chronicles 32: 8, 22). In Jesus' name, amen.
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Pastor Wes, Thanks for sending daily scripture readings that are appropriate for the times we are living in now. We all need God’s word to give us strength and hope as we strive to endure each trying new day. Thank you for all you do for everyone who knows you. Your friendship is a blessing. ✝️