Isaiah 50:8-11

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. Lamentations 3:21-22

After a disagreement with his supervisor, an employee admits to spending an entire evening thinking about how he could get back at his boss. However, God’s greater plan did not include him losing his mental cool and jeopardizing what the Lord had given him to do. Each of us has a responsibility to obey God.

Trouble, trial, and injustice can tempt you to be disobedient. When this happens, you can respond one of two ways. You can take matters into your own hands, and as the prophet Isaiah recorded, you will receive no help from God: “All you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive form my hand: You will ie down in torment” (Isaiah 50:11 NIV). Or you can experience the greater good by trusting God to save and protect you.

God wants you to depend on Him. Not just for the big things, but for the everyday trials as well. When was the last time you faced a situation that appeared too great for you to handle? Were you determined to go through on your own steam? If you were, you missed the wonder of God’s deliverance. There is a tremendous hope to be gained in this life, but you must lay down your rights and allow God to be your very life in order to experience it.

Lord, help me to lay down my rights and allow You to be my life. I seek the greater good!

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