Daily Devotion

March 4, 2012

Mighty Men and Women of God (2)

“All these men of war…were of one mind to make David king.” 1Ch 12:38 NKJV

Here’s a second quality found in David’s “mighty men”: They understood the situation and had wisdom to deal with it. “The sons of Issachar…had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (v. 32 NKJV). You are not called to avoid the world, or denounce it, but to engage it and say, “Here’s God’s solution to your problem.” Jesus promised: “I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict” (Lk 21:15 NIV). When you walk with the Lord you won’t just see what’s happening around you, He will tell you what to do about it. Furthermore, when you are going the wrong way He will redirect you onto the right path. “They tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them” (Ac 16:7 NKJV). That night God gave Paul a vision directing him to go to Macedonia and preach. God even gave Paul a warning that the ship he was on was heading into a storm that would result in great loss. Unfortunately, nobody would listen to him (See Ac 27:9-11). God not only told Joseph how to prepare for seven years of recession, but how to prosper and come out of it stronger. A lot of us have discovered that if we simply follow the advice of people and don’t consult God, it can cost us dearly. Stop compartmentalizing your Christianity or confining it to Sunday mornings at church. The Bible says, “The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Pr 2:6 NKJV).