October 19 Moving Forward in Faith

Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 17:3–5

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Jehoshaphat had admonished Israel to return to the Lord, reminding a rebellious nation of the God who had freed it from bondage in Egypt and sustained it through much adversity. Then came the report that three tribes were mounting an attack on Israel.

Jehoshaphat’s response was a godly example not only for Israel but also for us today. The king’s first act was to immediately seek the Lord. By doing so, Jehoshaphat inherently demonstrated the knowledge that God is interested in all of man’s problems and that nothing is bigger than God.

Becoming a Christian does not give you a free ride from the problems of life. When you encounter trouble, your first response always should be to seek the Lord. God will give you a solution to the problem in His timing. You may have to wait for His answer, and the wait may be long. He often uses such times to mold your character and to teach you principles He knows you lack. Sometimes, you may not be ready for His perfect answer, so He has to prepare you.

Finally, God’s answer to your Christ-centered (not problem-centered) prayers usually requires an act of faith on your part. Sometimes—as with having a choir lead an army into battle—His plans won’t immediately make sense. But they are perfect. “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).

I choose Your way, Lord—even when it doesn’t make sense in the natural. Give me the strength to move forward in faith.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 306). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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