Daily Devotional – 8/8/14 “What now?”

Here it is another Friday that you’ve woken up to see. Yea, I know you are tired of folk posting about it being a blessing to be alive when they don’t wake up in pain like you do. Folk keep saying for you to hold on through your storm but they don’t see the sores on your hand from holding so tight. Yea, you’ve heard that trouble don’t last always but he sure has made himself comfortable in your home. Folk keep telling you that joy comes in the morning yet you jump up with the sun and you’ve yet to find it and you’re still asking what now? Well beloved I’ll tell you. Now, you press on. You know just like I know that it could be worse. How? Well I am glad you asked. You could be dead! THE END! You could be brain dead; a vegetable, the responsibility of someone else to take care of to feed and clothe. You could be homeless, rummaging in someone else garbage for food. You could be strung out on drugs walking down the street putting on a show for folk who pass by. You could be in a mental hospital without the knowledge of where you are from one minute to the next. You could be locked up in a prison for a crime you didn’t commit. You could be in an abusive relationship living in pure hell. You could be living in a hospital watching your child suffer through cancer instead of just reading about somebody else child through Facebook. It could be your spouse’s funeral arrangements been shared on social media. It could be your face on the missing posters. It could have been you that died of a heart attack in a cafeteria with children present. It could have been you whose home was destroyed by a fire. It could have been you whose bedside the doctor walked away from after leaving the pamphlet with hospice information because he said there is nothing else they can do. It could be you with an eviction notice attached to your door or the repo man looking for your car. It could be you leaving the office today with your belongings in a box and a termination notice.

What now? Now you get up and get the hell out of the hell you’re in. Get up and make things happen. If you can’t make ends meet with what you have, decrease debt going out and increase the income coming in. If that means a second job, so be it. If that means no more $200 jordan tennis shoes, so be it. If the relationship isn’t working, fix it or let it go. Grandma says either ____ or get off the pot. If the car is costing you more, try the bus. Stop eating out (I’m talking to myself on this one), cut off the cable for a month, stop shopping and fix your own hair and nails for 30 days. Do what you need to do. What now? It’s simple. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” To get the gist of this scripture, you need to read Proverbs 16:1-6 (ISV) so I will share them here. “People do the planning, but the end result is from the LORD. Everything a person does seems pure in his own opinion, but the LORD weighs intentions. Entrust your work to the LORD, and your planning will succeed. The LORD made everything answerable to him, including the wicked at the time of trouble. The LORD detests those who are proud; truly they will not go unpunished. When a person’s ways please the LORD, even his enemies will be at peace with him.”

When a person’s ways please the LORD, even his enemies will be at peace with him.

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