Sawyers Church Daily Devotions
Wednesday 6th June 2018
I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did. (Judges 2 v 21 – 22)
Not everything will be done for us. How wonderful, yes, to have been given committed tutors, parents that love us or the privilege to be under great coaches! But the truth remains that much of life will still be handed to us in its unfinished sate: “Some assembly required”.
The government provides schooling, but only you can convert that into wisdom and character. You can find a spouse, but only you can assembles a healthy marriage. You may have a child, but quality parenting will require some assembly. You can be hired for a job, but success and advancement is a do-it-yourself proposition.
Israel wanted it handed to them without any requirements.
We’re often like that, aren’t we? We don’t really want to pray – we just want the benefits of someone who did. We don’t want to make the sacrifices necessary for a healthy marriage – we just want the results.
God leaves “some assembly required” because without it our hearts remain immature, susceptible to guile and prone to stray. So he lets us face a few battles to stutter our struts. A few setbacks that lower our noses and reintroduce our knees to the floor. These are the marks of a man or woman that God will use: those whose eyes are wet, whose knees are bent and whose hearts are broken…but now are mended by his grace.
Father, I choose to be one of these people. Thank you for the battles you’ve left behind for me to win…for in doing so, my heart is conquered, humbled and made ready for your entry.
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church
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