Daily Devotional – 8/27/13 “Shut down to start up!”

While at work this morning, my computer kept acting like it was on vacation even though I’m not. Now, as sat here waiting on it to decide to work, I was still trying to decide on what to write and then as I reached to shut it down, God spoke this in my spirit; “the same way you have to shut your computer down to make it act right, I have to sometimes shut you down in order for you to start up.” Wow! Then it donned on me, when sickness attacks your body and it has you feeling like giving up is the only option; that’s simply God shutting you down only to start you back up. When your job gives you a termination notice after you’ve dedicated years of your life, that’s simply God shutting you down to start you back up. When your best friend is now the enemy, your spouse is acting like a stranger, kids acting brand new, co-workers hating and church folk manipulating; that’s simply God shutting you down to start you back up. I know you’re asking why God needs to shut us down only to start us up, well I am glad you asked. See, sometimes we become so attached to people that we forget about praising God. We start working and worshipping gets pushed back. We start hanging out and helping is no longer an option. We get promoted and then become a problem, get sick and then start sinning, get blessed and then become a burden and get a gift from God only to give it away. This is why God has to shut us down because we start acting like we don’t want to work. You get the car you’ve been asking for and now instead of bible study on Monday you’re at happy hour. The Pastor asks you to teach Sunday school and now you think you know more than the next person. You get an increase on your check and now you feel like you can look down on the next. You get approved for the car and now you won’t even give a ride when someone calls. Well baby, let me drop this in your spirit. Just because you’re being blessed now it doesn’t mean that you can’t be shut down. Just because you have it all together, right now, it doesn’t mean you can’t be shut down. Just because you think you have all the answers, now, it doesn’t mean you can’t be shut down because even though your hands may be helping if your heart is filled with crap; your helping means nothing.

To sum this up let me say this; sometimes God has to shut us down in order to start us up because this is the only way to get our attention. When you can’t understand why it seems like your life is in chaos, why all hell is breaking loose around you, why nothing can go right, why it seems like you’re walking in circles or no matter how much you work you can’t get your head above water; that’s simply God shutting you down to start you back up. So, go on through your sickness, pain, unemployment, disappointments, being talked about/lied on, being knocked down and used because after the shutdown you’ll start back up in the Savior’s secure mode where you won’t mind shouting about God’s significance, serving the spiritually sick, saving those who are still sinking in sin, sharing the strength you now have and striving to be stronger so that you never stumble over the same situations again. Yea, sometimes God has to shut us down but that’s simply to start us back up the right way!

“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” 1 Peter 4:12-13

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