Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 5
Even with skill, we must depend on the Lord …
Control is a funny thing…because it’s just a mirage. It’s not real. It’s just a figment of imagination. In fact when we hold on most closely to control, we will actually feel like things are mostly out of control. This is true, because we don’t actually have the capacity to control. God does. It’s when we release and draw on those around us that we can embrace not having control. Which is a good thing. We can embrace it and simply trust in the goodness of God to fulfill His promise to us, and that’s when we are free to dream and fulfill the task God has assigned. The best thing we can do is embrace our inability and do nothing but trust His, knowing that He is in control.
I think that one of the reasons we often fight for the feeling of control is because we truly believe we have the skill to control the outcome. Here’s a news flash….we don’t. We do not possess any skill that is able to make things successful. God alone is the driving force. Do you believe that? Well, think about this…first, who gave you the skill? And who can take it away? And, if you used your entire God given skill can you guarantee a certain outcome? Nope. God alone decides, fulfills, grants success, and gives grace. Even with skill, we must be most deeply dependent upon the Lord.
In our passage today we see an overall picture of God fulfilling His promise…still…in His people. Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh are still considered God’s people, and God is still fulfilling His promise. And within this story, we see a picture of a war.
In verse 18 we see that these three tribes waged war against the Hagrites. This passage tells us that the three tribes had, “valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760 able to go to war.” We are told that they waged war against the Hagrites and defeated them. Did they win because of their skill? They had plenty of it!! Nope. They won because “they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted them their urgent plea, because they trusted in Him” (v. 20).
Even with their mad skills, they were not sufficient. God was. God is. In the same way, we need to embrace our weakness in order to more fully depend on God. He is in control and we are not. And when we depend on God, more than trust in our skill, good things happen.
So, today, throw off any confidence in self. Cling to God as life-blood. Being in a constant state of dependence on Him is the best place we can be.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione