Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Thursday, September 29
“Faith comes from hearing.”
Ro 10:17 NIV
DON’T DOUBT GOD’S WORD
You may doubt your own ability, but never doubt God’s—or His promises and His willingness to fulfill them. The Psalmist wrote, “You have magnified Your word above…Your name” (Ps 138:2 NKJV). The only thing in the universe that God has placed above His name is His Word. So fill your mind with it, speak it daily, and don’t ever question it. Doubt often originates from our inclination to portray ourselves as self-confident. Self-confidence is a concept touted by the world; it encourages us to rely on our own skills and abilities. But the Bible says, “He who trusts in himself is a fool” (Pr 28:26 NIV). Reportedly, the verse at the center of the Bible is: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Ps 118:8 NKJV). So center your confidence around God, not yourself or anybody else. Do you doubt yourself and your own worth? Do you question your ability to pursue your career? Do you doubt your aptitude to form healthy relationships? Despite having lived with Jesus for almost three years and hearing His promise that He’d rise again from the dead, Thomas still said, “Unless I can see his wounds and touch him, I will not believe” (See Jn 20:25). Did Jesus turn His back on Thomas because of his doubts? No, He never rejects a sincere, doubting heart! Jesus showed up in person and resolved all of Thomas’ doubts. And as you read His word and seek His face, He will alleviate your misgivings and qualms too. When you stop living in the “sense” realm and learn to “walk by faith,” your doubts will begin to die (See 2Co 5:7).
Friday, September 30
“May the Kind One correct me.”
Ps 141:5 TM
WHEN GOD SENDS SOMEONE TO HELP YOU
The greatest indictment against not knowing is not learning. If you look at it the right way every experience in life is a school, and every new acquaintance is a teacher. So seize every opportunity to learn. Just make sure you pick the right teachers: those who’ve earned the right to come alongside, and when appropriate ask the hard questions, bring perspective, and keep you on track. Solomon said, “Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring” (Pr 25:11-12 NLT). When God sends someone to help you: (1) Show your appreciation. Never take others for granted and never forget to say thank you. An attitude of “I don’t expect appreciation so I don’t give it” will hurt you and close doors to your future. (2) Pull your weight. Don’t be self-serving and opportunistic. Look for ways to make your presence an asset, not a liability. Life owes you nothing except an opportunity to grow. (3) Understand the boundaries. Other people may know someone well enough to address them by their first name, but that doesn’t mean you should—especially not a potential mentor. If someone says, “Hello, my name is Charles,” don’t come back with, “What’s up, Charlie!” Show respect, and don’t try to change the protocol to suit the environment you’re used to. Observe boundaries, respect others, listen, and you’ll always have people willing to help you get where you need to go.