Daily Devotional – 8/14/18 “At the edge!”

On this 14th day of the eighth month, I had to stop and share a word for somebody who is right at the edge. You are at the edge of saying forget it all. You are right at the edge of ending it all and at the edge of walking away from it all. Why, because at the edge is where the pain is becoming too much, the tears are becoming more frequent, the darkness is staying longer and the hurt that used to be done in secret is now deliberately in the open. The edge is where promises are broken. The edge is where you keep being cut. The edge is where you are all by yourself. The edge is usually where you feel the most at danger. Yet, I need you to ask yourself a question. How many times have you been to the edge but have not fallen? How many times have you been to the edge but have not died? How many times have you been to the edge and have not lost your mind? At the edge of losing it all but still, surviving. At the edge of dying but still, living. At the edge of going crazy but still, smiling. At the edge but still … Think about being in a bed. Have you ever woke up, out of your sleep to realize you were on the edge and one roll away from falling? Or been snatched from your sleep to see that all it would have taken was one move to have you connecting with the night stand? I’ve had a few of those scary moments and in retrospect, they make me think about all the times I should have fallen over the edge of this thang called life but haven’t.

And get this … it is not because we’ve been strong enough to prevent ourselves from falling. Truth of the matter is, a lot of us should have fallen by now. A lot us should have failed many times before but because God loves us, He shields us when we are too selfish to see we need it. He protects us, even when we are playing patty cake with our prayers and the enemy persuades us into thinking we got wings and can fly. He stops us, even though we have gotten ourselves into another jacked up situation we promised we would never do again. God is right there, at the edge with us. I do not know whom you are but baby the edge may have cut you and it may be suffering you at this very moment but it will not be the end of you. You will not die because it is not your time. You can stay there but do not jump. You can stay there but do not sin. You can stay there but do not curse God because God can still perform miracles at the edge. Don’t believe me? Come here grandma. A few years ago, doctors said call the family in and prepare to say your goodbyes. She was at the edge but this year, Grams celebrated another birthday in her right mind. Come here sister. Man said Trigeminal Neuralgia (suicide disease), disability, never be able to work again and many have not made it. She was at the edge but this year she’s still singing and living. Baby, you might be at the edge but God can still work miracles. You just need to trust Him while you’re at the edge!

Daily Devotional – 8/14/15 “At the edge!”

This morning when I rolled over, I was almost at the edge of the bed. I was so glad I was just at the edge and that I didn’t go over. Being wrapped in my sheet was also a help because had I rolled a little farther I, most likely, would have found some danger. See, there’s a night stand on the side on the bed that could have caused some damage; had I fell. Then there’s the floor that could have also caused some issues not to mention a bruise to my ego, had I fallen yet I only made it to the edge. When I rolled back over, I laid there for a minute because then I begin thinking about all the times, as Saints of God, we’ve rolled to the edge but didn’t fall. Yea, things start going through my mind about all the times God has allowed us to roll to the edge yet He had us wrapped up and it prevented us from going over. Yea, I thought about the times we’ve been caught up in our mess and almost rolled to the edge of “jacked up again” yet God kept us! Oh, I even thought about the times we’ve been in our feelings and it caused us to roll to the edge of “I’ve messed up again,” yet I’ve been forgiven! For had you fallen, you’ve encountered some danger. Some of you probably had some potential one night stands standing next to you that could cause you danger, had you fallen (you’ll get that in a minute). Some of you could have been hurt by hitting the ground, had you fallen. Some of you could have been knocked out of God’s will, had you fallen.

Oh but aren’t you glad that the God we serve kept us at the edge? Yea, He allows us to go through some stuff but only edge type trouble. Yea, He allows us to get to the edge but He won’t allow us to go over it. Trouble, sickness, hurt, death, loss of jobs, financial trouble, car problems, family issues … edge type issues for the bible says in Deuteronomy 4:31, “For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” Baby, I understand you’re crying now but that means you’re at your edge but get this … you haven’t went over! Step back! For the bible says in Deuteronomy 31:8 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” may be at your edge now but know this, the Lord is with you. How do I know? You’re still here to tell somebody! Stay at your edge for as long as you need to in order to understand that God is right there with you. Then step back with your faith reignited! It isn’t over yet! You’re just at the edge!