Monday Devotional

Power 15

When life is going good, often we get caught off-guard by sudden "not good" news or events.  Even when our lives are good in God, we find the truth in the Word that "it rains on both the just and the unjust".  So, how do we react to a painful intrusion?

     Let's look at King Hezekiah's response to an event as an exemplary reaction.  He was a "good" king in that how he ruled Judah was "pleasing to God".  Things were going well for Judah under his rule when suddenly they were attacked by Sennacherib, king of Assyria.  Hezekiah quickly responded by cutting off his attackers water supply, by building two protective walls of resistance, by making weapons and shields, and by setting a combat commander in place.  He then spoke special words to his people--"be strong and of good courage.   Do not be afraid or discouraged.  Our attacker only has the arm of flesh but we have the Lord our God who will help us and fight our battle" (2 Chron 32:1,7-8).

      So often when "bad" things come our way--job loss, sickness, divorce, death of loved ones, overwhelming financial or emotional pressure, etc.,--we react with fear, discouragement, anger,  ready to quit or give up.  But we need to look to the Lord, as did Hezekiah, for courage, strength, and success.

        How do we prepare for the "bad things" that come our way?  One way is to bring godly habits into our lives.  Some say, "I do not have time  in my busy life spending godly time"  but here is a proposal called Power 15 that might be hopefully feasible.  Power 15 means spending a godly 15 minutes each day:  5 minutes in the Word, 5 minutes in praise, 5 minutes in prayer.  If this, not much time consuming  exercise becomes a regular event in our lives, God will bring a faith (faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God), a presence (God enters the praises of his people) , and communication that will bring effectual praying results when the attacker "whams" into our lives

       So, we need to, as the Boy Scout motto says,  "be prepared".  Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble but that He has overcome the world.  With godly habits established like Power 15 we can be prepared to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  We can be over-comers!  Then as we grow, we can participate in Rock Church Dream team ministries, in small groups, etc.   Then we also can become His hand extended by "comforting", encouraging and strengthening others with the same help that God has helped us.