In our American culture today, independence is highly valued. We tend to focus on an individual’s talents and efforts when we praise their success. This mentality robs us of the peace offered by God through complete dependence on Him. Often it takes extreme trouble or tragedy in our lives to bring us to the end of our own strength. As we let go of our self-reliance and trust in our Creator for His provision, we experience true spiritual growth.
1. What perspective do you have on the purpose for your current struggles?
2. Have you ever considered your weaknesses and hardships as opportunities for Christ’s power to be revealed?
Challenge: Take steps this week toward a more God-reliant way of dealing with trouble. Do you need to pray and ask Him to help you let go of “control?” Could you ask a Christian friend or mentor for help with a problem? Does your plan of attack include setting aside time for seeking direction within the scriptures?
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