Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, September 16, 2022



Text: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” – 2 Corinthians 3:5.

Comment: No one should be misled to think it is by his power or might he could wade through the storms of this life.  St. Paul made it clear that even the apostles can do nothing of themselves as they are mere instruments in the hand of God. He said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) Much earlier, God had declared through Isaiah that the faithful would say, “Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.” (Isaiah 45:24) It is the confidence in the strength that comes from God Almighty that enables the believer to pursue his programmes in the service of God and man. To this end, God gives the assurance, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10) The Bible gives this assurance from God Almighty: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:29-31.