Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
This verse informs us that a person may decide a direction to take in life and may plan how to get there, but it is the Lord Who guides his steps. This is dependence. As Jesus stated in John 15:5, “without me ye can do nothing”, we cannot prosper without divine assistance. Continue reading →
Ecclesiastes12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Solomon spend a good portion of his life seeking satisfaction apart from God. He tried wine, women, and song. He tried humor, building projects, and riches. He tried everything “under the sun”. Nothing satisfied him. The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles his search. He finally concludes, as the verse above testifies, that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. Continue reading →
Too many times in our society, people promote themselves and take credit whether it’s due or not. This is a prideful way of acting and one that was foreign to a remarkable man named Daniel.
We find Daniel in the second chapter of the book bearing his name facing certain death. King Nebuchadnezzar has ordered that all the wise men be put to death because they could not tell Nebuchadnezzar what he had been dreaming about or what it meant. Daniel petitions the captain of the guard to take him to the king. Upon his appearance, Daniel asks the king for some time and is granted it (Dan. 2:1-16). Continue reading →
Psalm 55:16-17 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
David spent a good portion of his life running from his enemies. Psalm 55 chronicles his reaction to one such instance. He calls upon the LORD in his time of trouble. This is a very wise thing to do. Difficult times are when the people of God should draw close to God, seeking protection and strength. It is at these times when we recognize very clearly our weakness and dependence. Continue reading →