Thursday, January 20, 2011

Daily devotional: Success comes from the Lord

Scripture
But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.
Genesis 49:24-25 NIV

Observation
When Jacob blessed Joseph and predicted much success for his future and for his descendants, He acknowledged that Joseph's success would be because of God's hand and His blessings, not because of the strength or skills or intellect of Joseph and his descendants.

Application
Never forget that strength and success come from the Lord God Almighty, not from my own awesomeness.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for Your blessings, for the skills and provisions that You so faithfully heap out to accomplish everything that You have in mind, and so much more than I could ask or imagine. I acknowledge that all strength and intellect and success come from You, not from me. You line up circumstances and favor and resources when You see fit to accomplish something. I see my own shortcomings and am so thankful when You bring plans together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purposes. I trust in You and I rest in You.

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