Do You Have A Sane Estimate of Yourself?

Be careful! In a desire to be great, one might cease being any good.  Not every teacher is equipped to be a principal. Not every carpenter has the skill to head a crew. Not every musician should conduct an orchestra. A promotion might promote a person right out of their sweet spot. For the love of more, a person might lose their purpose. Greed makes a poor job counselor.

Examine your gifts; know your strengths. Romans 12:3 says to “Have a sane estimate of your capabilities.” Proverbs 15:16 says, “It is better to have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil.”

Don’t let the itch for things or the ear for applause derail you from your God-intended design!

When A Crisis Brings Doubt

Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy.—Psalm 86:1

When life is moving along smoothly, it’s easy to say, “God answers prayer.” But a crisis can bring doubt, especially if the Lord is not responding as quickly as we might like. That’s when we may be tempted to bargain with God as if He could be manipulated into acting on our behalf. However, the goal of prayer is not to get God to do what we want but to bring our concerns to Him, trusting that He will answer in His own way and time.

Waiting on the Lord is fairly easy when we’re not facing anything urgent. But difficulties and suffering tend to make us impatient. We may even begin to find fault with God, thinking that if He truly loved us, He would intervene and bring relief.

As we seek the Lord for help, David’s prayers in the Psalms provide wonderful patterns for us to follow. He faced many dire situations and continued to turn to God. He recounts God’s character—gracious, good, ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call on Him. These characteristics are the basis for trust.

Knowing who God is enables us to trust Him through the crises of life. Because He is faithful, we know that He will keep His promises. His holiness causes us to examine our life and repent of any sins that are hindering our prayers. And His mercy, grace, and love give us the comfort we need to endure hardship.

Looking for God’s promises? Some can be found in 1 Peter 1:3-9

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.”—Proverbs 3:5-6

You’ve no doubt heard there are over 8,000 promises in the bible made by God. If you take the time to read 1 Peter 1:3-9 you will discover a few of those promises God made. Promises you can trust.

Some of God’s promises in 1 Peter 1:3-9 are:

1. God has caused us to be born again. How? By us having a living hope in Jesus’ resurrection.

2. We will obtain an inheritance that lasts forever, waiting for us in heaven.

3. We are protected by God through our faith.

4. We can greatly rejoice even in momentary trials.

5. Our faith is more precious than gold. We can offer praise, glory and honor at Jesus’ revelation.

6. Even though we’ve not seen Him, we love Him. Our belief in Him causes us to greatly rejoice with joy.

7. By having faith, we have the salvation of our souls.

God’s promises are real, dependable and trustworthy. We can read them in the bible and know in our hearts they are true and belong to us. Why? Because God said so. God’s word accomplishes what he wants it to as shown in the verse Isaiah 55:11 – “so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.”

If your faith is sound, solid and focused only on what God says, then you will receive His promises without fail. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.”

It doesn’t get any better than that.