Daily Devotional November 5, 2020

Yesterday, my daughter, Lindsey, called and between bursts of uncontrollable laughter said, “Oh my gosh, I’m raising a little you.”

And while I’ve always thought it would be a gift from God to raise a little me, I asked her to tell me what she meant.

She explained that my four-year old granddaughter, Emma, had just asked for a cookie.  And even though it was too early, Lindsey said she could have one.  Lindsey said, “Then Emma said the reason I was giving her a cookie was because she was an amazing daughter and a gift to me.”

Yep.  I’m not thinking Emma’s going to be having problems with self-confidence.  I’m good with that.  My daughter’s terror at raising a little version of me got me thinking.

If there is anyone in the world who should have confidence, it is those who follow Jesus Christ.  That’s because we know that to rely solely on ourselves is doomed to failure.  But to rely upon the one who put the stars in the sky, the fish in the sea, and spun the universe into action, is to fulfill our reason for being.

Only by relying upon God, putting our narcissistic natures aside, and following God’s call and claim on our lives can we truly live and experience all this life has to offer.  That’s because fear is not part of the equation. 

This is exactly what Paul meant by saying, I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13)

This morning, as you walk out your front door to begin a new day, remember that the maker of the universe is by your side.  God wants you to truly live.  God wants you to set aside needless, destructive thoughts and actions.  God wants you to put all your trust and hope in him.  That’s what it means to be a confident Christian.  I am convinced that’s the life that God wants for you.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I am tempted to rely upon myself, or give into fear, or follow my selfish inclinations, remind me of your sacrifice to save me.  Help me rely on you.  Make me the person you created me to be.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Should you be confident?  You bet!

Should you be as confident as Emma and me?  Maybe not.

Just for the record, one of the greatest joys of being a grandparent is watching your children become parents and get exactly what they deserve. 

I know as Emma grows up, she’s going to fix Lindsey’s wagon.  I will have a front row seat.  The fun has just begun.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins