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Monday, October 26, 2015

Devotional- More Than Enough

Daniel 3:13-18

The bible clearly tells us that if Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is futile. It also mentions that this gospel we have all heard is what saves us otherwise we have all believed in vain (1 Cor 15). When we look at the lives of some of our biblical heroes, we find that one thing was consistent. They strongly believed that God was all they ever needed, their lives were absolutely dependent on the fact that the God of the universe was on their side. 

Daniel and his friends are a very clear example. Having been in King Nebuchadnezzar’s good books for a while, they quickly found his kindness to be short-lived and he wanted them to bow down to his image of gold or be thrown into a furnace. When I read this story, I think about the boldness in the hearts of these young men who are completely dependent on God enough to say even if he does not rescue them they refuse to bow to a false god. 

As Christians, we do a good job of reading our bibles and learning a couple verses here and there. However, when life gets thrown at us, we constantly bow in obeisance to our own strength, fears, doubts, humans and sin. We forget to truly hold dear to our hearts that God is indeed who he says he is - The God of all flesh, The God who delivered the Israelites and parted the Red Sea, The God who fulfilled his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

As humans we hold in high esteem the people who stand by their word and are reliable. However, I do not have the power to tell anyone “I will be with you”. So when God tells us he honors these words more than his name should we not believe that he is is enough for us? When he says we are forgiven, will he not loosen the chains of sin? When he says he will be with us, will he not fulfil his word? 

God is calling us to have that radical yet childlike faith in him. We must hang our lives on his word and promises. We must believe when he says he is the living water and so we will not drink from another fountain because he thoroughly satisfies. We must believe in the midst of persecution and suffering that he alone is sovereign. We must constantly ruminate upon how far he has brought us. We must believe he alone is enough so much that our hearts break for humanity because they have not tasted of his goodness. 

We must come to a place in him where he is our only plan and like Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego say even if he does not save us, still, we will not bow to false gods because he is more than enough. 

Action Words: God is enough for me, he is my only plan and whether he saves me or not I will worship him still.

Bible Verse: Jeremiah 31:3 

By Timi Oyeleke

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