Day 18 – Jan 18 – What defines us

Today’s verse:
Exodus 33:15
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”” (NKJV)

We have all heard – A man is defined by the choices he makes. So who are you? What sets you apart? What do you choose? What defines you?

Moses had a choice. He chose God. “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” From all the alternatives that were before him, Moses understood the key to success. God’s presence. And he was quite clear about it. Whatever he did. Wherever he went. Just one thing he insisted on – the presence of God with him. That choice made all the difference in his life, his goals, his journey and his success.

When you decide to do something, choose like Moses. Tell God, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” But sometimes, we get tempted to do it our way. We trust our resources, our strength, our abilities, our education to get the job done. And we forget God.

We have the choice. To choose God or to do it our way and in our own strength. The choice to go with His presence or do it alone.

So who are you? What are the choices you are making? What is defining you today?

Pray in your own words: Ask the Lord for guidance. Tell Him, you want to be in the center of God’s will. Tell Him that you trust Him with your life and your future. Ask Him to be with you in all your endeavors.

Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 43-45 (Old Testament), Matthew 12: 24- 50 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

Paul had a problem. Some say it was a medical issue. Some say it was spiritual. Whatever it was, Paul was disturbed by it and he wished, like a lot of us, it would go away or be taken away from him. But God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul did not want strength. He wanted healing. He wanted deliverance. He would rather walk free than take each step in pain. He would rather do it himself than having to depend on others.

These are not answers we want to hear. We want our problems resolved instantly. We want instant solutions. Sufficient Grace and Strength In Weakness are not cans we would pick up in the supermarket. We would rather take something that says “Instant Relief” or “Do-It-Your-Way Solution”.

Paul had a problem and God says, “That’s fine. I will give you the strength you need to get through it.” When God says that, you need to realize He is giving Himself to be with you through the situation. He is willing to wait it out with you or take the bus or walk with you.

What is God telling you about your situation? Are you looking for answers? Will you be willing to settle for grace? Willing to be strengthened in your weakness? Maybe you don’t know and that is perfectly fine. Just remember not to fight him. You will be surprised how amazing his grace can be and the only thing you need in your situation.


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