At One Community Church, we present some inspirational words by one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Kimberly Howard.The Word:
“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalms 33:16-22 (NASB)

The Story:
I am an educator, and I once received the opportunity to have a student-teacher in my classroom. This was a huge compliment about my teaching ability. This also came with the added bonus of having two adults in my classroom, which was a great help in many ways. While this seemed like a win-win situation, I constantly struggled with the idea of giving control of my classroom to someone else. In complete honesty, part of my unwillingness to give up control was an arrogance that someone else could not do a better job teaching than me. My faith was completely in myself. This arrogance kept me from trusting others and completely trusting in God. I realized that I was unwilling to submit every part of my life to the Lord because I thought I could handle some things myself. God wants us to surrender control of our lives completely to Him. This does not mean that He wants us to give Him authority in some areas and not in other areas. No matter what we believe we can do on our own, ultimately, our strength comes from God, He is in control, and His will be carried out.

The Reflection:
Are there any areas of our lives that we are struggling with pride? How are those pride issues affecting our ability to trust in God?  How do we react when we find ourselves trusting in ourselves above the Lord?

The Application:
Remember that the Lord does not need us to accomplish His agenda, but He chooses to use us anyway. He gives us all specific gifts and abilities for His purposes. This week, let us take time every day to stop and thank God for the special gifts He has given us. Each day, let us seek how we can use these gifts to bring God glory.

The Prayer:
Father, please help us to stop focusing  on our own abilities, and know that all that we are able to do is only because of You. Thank You for the gifts You’ve given us to accomplish Your purposes. Amen.