Contradiction in Terms
- September 20, 2022
- Posted by: Carolyn Mahal
- Category: Devotions
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20
One method of instruction that God often uses when teaching His people is contradiction. In many cases, God will use a contradictory situation to clearly demonstrate His power, His love, or his authority over our lives and all creation. In the natural, David had no chance against Goliath. Even as strong as he was, opposing armies numbering in the thousands should have been able to outnumber Samson in an ambush. The widows’ jars of flour and oil should have been empty. Gideon’s army of 300 should not have been able to defeat the Midianites simply because they drank water like dogs.
I could go on and on because the Bible is full of these types of stories. God shares these situations and stories with us to help us develop a deeper, more consistent level of faith in Him. He tells us to come to Him, to rely upon Him, to align our thoughts, words, and deeds with Him, and to simply surrender our lives to Him. In return, He will guide our steps, providing us with provision and protection in abundance.
Take a moment and consider your life today. Did you have a clear picture six months ago that this is where you would be today? Are you certain about what your life will look like a year from now? Five years from now? We know that God is in control and we have been taught to put our trust in Him, but actually doing that is an important and sometimes difficult step of faith. In fact, our sinfulness creates a barrier of ego and distrust, causing us to consistently turn to our own intelligence, strength, and resources in an attempt to solve our life’s problems, instead of turning to the only One who actually can. Thankfully, God’s love for us is so great, He has sent us the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, developing and growing our faith. Opening our eyes and our hearts to the true source of love and strength that we have to overcome our pride and our sinful nature.
It is my prayer that we would be open to the calling of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May we seek His will over the desires of our heart so that in all things, we may find ourselves blessed. It seems contradictory to find our best life without being the driving force behind it, but as we said, God loves to teach us through contradiction.
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