Count on God as the Source of Power (Noon)
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
King Uzziah was mentored by Zachariah, doing rightful things just like his father, Amazia. Hence, he managed to build a strong kingdom despite being a 16 years old king. He built towers and dug many wells. Livestock and farms overspread his kingdom during his ruling. He also strengthened his army and provided them with armor and war equipment made by experts. The Judah was at its peak of glory, and Uzziah was well known in distant kingdoms.
Uzziah succeeded because of God’s miraculous support. God’s protection was evident in Uzziah, as far as he was loyal to God. However, the death of Zachariah changed him. Becoming stronger, Uzziah became arrogant and disloyal. Being overly pretentious, he took the role of a priest and burn incense. When Azarya warned him, he got furious. What he did made him punished by God. It is shameful that something good ended tragically because Uzziah was no longer count in God.
From the story of Uzziah, we can learn that when we count on God, everything we do will bear fruits (II Chronicles 26:5). Let’s set our mindset towards everything that in front of us. Don’t rely on our strength or others, instead count on God for our source of power. Many people look for worldly support to deal with problems. In financial difficulties, we look for loans. When we are sick, we only rely on medical help. Keep in mind that humans are mere mortals with limited capacity. Depending upon worldly power will make us arrogant and destroy our life. Only when we rely on God, He will protect us, and we will be fruitful for God’s kingdom.
RELYING ON GOD as THE SOURCE OF POWER will make our life FRUITFUL for God’s kingdom.
1. Have you ever been in an obscure situation?
2. Whose power and help did you rely on that time? Why?
3. What is your experience counting on God as opposed to relying on yourself and other people?
“Lord Jesus, forgive us for counting on our strength and worldly help during austerities. Teach us to rely on You in every matter. We believe that counting on You as our source of power will make our life fruitful. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”