Relying on God Makes Us Fruitful (Evening)
Psalm 84:6-8 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
At the 1978 All England badminton championship, Rudy Hartono had to face a tough opponent from Sweden, Sture Johnson. Many people have witnessed how tough and exhausted the competition. Rudy finally managed to beat Johnson with 3 sets in 64 minutes. In the last game, Rudy was 4 points behind while Johnson only needed 1 point to close the game. However, in those decisive numbers, Rudy’s stamina became even stronger. Being so excited, Rudy had to borrow a racket because the other eight rackets he was carrying had already broken. The points that continue to be achieved make Rudy more confident that he will be able to make world history at All England. After losing 10-15 in the second set, Rudy managed to turn things around and won the third set with a score of 18-17.
In the book of Psalms, David beautifully describes how the children of Korah are longing for the dwelling of God. They know very well and realize that their strength is very limited. The only source of their strength is God. They believe that God is the only source of answers to every struggle they face. Their belief is how great the power of God. It is making them motivated to keep going stronger and stronger because they know that God has been there ahead to provide everything they need.
In a fruitful covenant, God should be a strong Supporter who stands behind us. As humans, our abilities are very limited. We cannot possibly continue to stand strong in going through every challenge that arises. Facing every struggle, we can become weak and tired. But if we have God as our supporter, then His infinite power will give us the ability, even make us stronger. That’s the reason why we should have a poor heart before God and always rely on God and put our hope in God. Our lives will be more and more blessed, walking longer and stronger, and be more fruitful.
People who rely on GOD as a source of strength will WALK STRONGER and MORE FRUITFUL.
1. Who have you relied on in dealing with problems?
2. Why should you rely on God as a source of strength?
3. In what ways can you always remember to rely on God?
“Father, we thank you for your abundant blessings. Teach us, Father, to rely solely on You as our source of strength. For in You, we will not grow weary and weak, but grow stronger and bear more fruit. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”