2 Samuel 7:18 Who Am I?

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 2 Samuel 7:18

All around the world, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, people are often questioning who they are. People desire to know their purpose in this world and seek to find in it many different ways and different things.

Others believe that they know who they are, and that the world owes them everything. The things they get are expected, along with more.

God had just told David that He would establish his throne forever. David then asks who he was that God would bring him as far as he had already come.

When a person gets a glimpse of how vast the universe is and how small he is in the universe, he can begin to wonder who he is. Then he adds in the factor that God made that universe and is much greater, yet takes time to help him out, it can make a wonder even more who he is and why God even pays any attention to him.

The world feels that one can make his own destiny and purpose in this world. The individual is in complete control of everything in his life to make it or break it. It is all about self.

Believers realize that it is all about God and what He can and does do. Seeing God’s hand at work in one’s life will open his eyes to the reality of God’s amazing love and grace in his life, because he realizes that in and of himself, he is nothing in view of the universe and God.

True believers will turn that glory back to God, knowing it was God who did it all, not himself. There may be times you wonder who you are that God loves you and cares for you. It is not about you, but about His great and perfect, eternal love for you.

You have been brought as far as you are today because of His love for you. God put you in the place you are in to be His witness and do a work here on this earth.

Do not be arrogant in and of yourself, but give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing and has done in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will realize what God has done in and through you; and that you will give God praise for what He has done for you.

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Title: It’s Time To Be Bold
Author: Michael W. Smith
Publisher: Word Publishing
Date: 1997
Pages: 166

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Michael W. Smith is a very accomplished Christian singer/song writer that has been singing for many years with many of his own songs. Many of his songs are well known by most believers and some have even crossed over to secular charts and popularity. He writes this short book giving a short view of what he believes in. Each chapter deals with a different area of life that is important.

He tells short stories of experiences he has had throughout his musical career. With each story he ties in verses from the Bible and from some of his songs. Overall, he shows what it means to be a believer and what it means to be bold and why it is important.

At the end of each short chapter, he challenges the reader in how to apply what he is talking about. His primary motivation is to point people to Jesus and to live for God by being His witness in this world. He discusses how to find your place in this world and going through tough times. Some of the topics he covers are never being alone, following directions, a listening Father, running into battle and more.

Michael uses many of his own troubles to show as an example of how even he has troubles. You can hear his heart of compassion for people and his desire that they know Jesus.

This is a very short and easy book to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to grow in their faith and belief.

Genesis 45:8 Don’t Be Upset With Circumstances

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:18

Blaming is something that many people love to do. People, things, circumstances and God are blamed for what is occurring or has occurred in a person’s life. As this occurs, most people are doing it out of anger or being upset.

Very rarely does a person see the purpose or good in what is occurring or has occurred. All they are looking at is the circumstance and what went ‘wrong’.

After revealing himself to his brothers, Joseph tells them that it was God who put him in Egypt in order to help rule Egypt and save many people, despite his brothers having sold him into slavery.

Unless a person knows all the details ahead of time, most people do not like to go through change or a move. This is even more true if in the process of the change it will be painful or being falsely accused and abused.

Looking at Joseph’s life, he had to be sold into slavery, so that he could be put into prison, so that he could help Pharaoh, so that he could save his family from the famine. God saw that ahead of time and put him in place.

God will move a person out of his comfort zone in order to be used in a greater way further down the road. Instead of being angry at people, things and God, the believer, who is following God, will trust God’s hand in the situations, knowing that God knows what is best for all.

Through what appears to be negative situations, God can raise a person up to save a nation and change the world.

God will allow things to occur in your life that do not appear to be good. You may be falsely accused and abused in bad ways.

As these things occur, you will have two choices. You can either be very angry and vengeful, or you can choose to lean on God and trust that He knows what He is doing and allowing.

In and through every situation in your life, God can use you to be His witness and hand of provision and life to others. He may have to move you to use you.

Are you willing to be used by God through any circumstance?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will see God’s purpose in the circumstances of your life; and that God will use you to reach many people for Jesus.