01 Feb Welcome to February 2021 – Our Month of Divine Partnership
Welcome to February 2021, our month of DIVINE PARTNERSHIP!
We can summarize the general theme of the Bible in a simple phrase with two words; DIVINE PARTNERSHIP. One of the mysteries of God is his choice to partner with men to achieve his divine work. Hence working together with God is a common thread throughout the Bible. We see it in the story of Noah when God gave him the plans for the Ark. We see it with Joseph when God revealed how to prepare for a famine. And we see it with Moses when God gave him the blueprint for the building of the tabernacle. Anytime God wants to do something on earth, he looks to a human partnership. At times, I wonder why God will choose to risk his work by conditioning it on man’s faithfulness, even as unreliable as we can be. No wonder the Psalmist says, “What is the man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.” – Psalm 8:4-5
Also, man (as in human) needs God’s divine ability to exist and fulfill our purpose on earth. Each of us has a purpose, an assignment on land that is bigger than us. Our assignment is so great that it will require divine assistance to fulfill it. The great prophet Jeremiah says, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” Jeremiah 10:23. As humans, we do not have an inherent ability to direct our own ways. We need the divine assistance that comes through our partnership with God. Jesus said John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
God does not need a man to exist, but he still conditions much of his work on earth on man. On the other hand, man needs God to live; we are unable to go on with life and achieve anything without His divine assistance.
Relationship, the Foundation for Partnership
To have a partnership, you must, first, have a relationship. Following Christ is not just about following a bunch of rules or living morally. It is about fellowship and intimacy with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is there to help us to know God and to develop a relationship with Him. Connection leads to trust, and trust is the foundation of every partnership.
Faith, the Key to Partnership with God
Working with God requires faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” When Jesus said in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God,” some scholars believe the correct translation should be “Have the faith of God.” God operates in faith, and for us to work with Him, we must also operate in faith.
Why is God giving us this word? It is because he wants us to know how valuable you are to Him. He wants your partnership. There are some things he wants to do on earth that will require you to partner with Him. Also, he is telling us this for us to know we need Him. You can’t become what you are to become without Him.
Pastor Jide Lawore
- Pray that you will understand how valuable you are to God and to His plan on earth. Psalm 8:4-5
- Pray that you will recognize how much you need God and will be humble enough to seek Him. John 15:5
- Ask God for the spirit of faith so that you can work with God effectively. 2 Corinthians 4:13
- Pray that in the month of February, you will experience the blessing that comes from partnering with God in every aspect of your life