As children of the living God we must learn to depend more on the LORD’s favor than our abilities and intellect. Yes, we are told to be bold. Yes, we are told to study and show ourselves approved. Yes, we are given our gifts, talents, and abilities to be used for the glory of the LORD.
But we must never depend upon them at the expense of being favored of the LORD.
The psalmist wrote…
Psalm 44:3–7 (NASB95) 3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them. 4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. 5 Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, nor will my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us.
We must do our part by using what the LORD has equipped us with but that is not what ensures victory in our day-to-day circumstances in the battles we may face. The true battle we engage in is greater than we may know. It is against principalities and powers of darkness in high places. Only God gives us ultimate victory in this arena.
In the beginning of our walk with Jesus we tend to be totally dependent upon Him for everything in our newly found life. We trust and look to Him in both the small things and the large. In every victory we shout, “Thank you Lord!” but then we may begin to subtly shift the focus if we are not careful. We have some victories and begin to believe our own ‘press’. We may begin to think more highly of ourselves than we should. We begin to believe it’s our abilities that get us through.
The correction and return to relying on favor is sure to return because the LORD will not allow us to steal His glory.
Yes we must keeping doing what we do, all the while realizing that without the favor of the LORD being upon us, it could be all for naught. The difference in defeat and victory may very well depend upon who or what we are really trusting in. Trusting in even our God-given abilities without the favor of the LORD is sure to spell frustration, anxiety and possible setback for a season.
Whose favor do you trust in? That which you can make for yourself or that which comes from the LORD who multiplies even feeble efforts into great exploits?