Daily Devotional – 6/11/18 “Be quiet this time!”

There are days I do not write a devotional. It’s not due to being lazy, picking and choosing but I move by the command of the Holy Spirit. See, if I were to write, from a personal space, this devotional would not benefit you spiritually. Yeah, it will give you access to my life but it would do nothing for yours. This is why I am sometimes quiet. I don’t know why I was led to share this but somebody needs to know today, it is okay to be quiet. Stop reacting to everything. Stop flying off the handle. Stop engaging every argument. Stop giving your two cents to every discussion. Stop posting on social media when things happen. Sometimes the blessing is in your silence. Sometimes the ending to your hurt is in you hushing. Not everything deserves a response. Sure, it may feel good but when you are lying awake at night, replaying the words spoken; you’ll wish you could take them back. Beloved, not every fight is your fight. Sit this one out and hush. When you do, you allow God to fight it for you. Moses told the people, while they were whining and complaining about being saved from their bondage in Egypt, in Exodus 14:13-14, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

I know you want to do it on your own but be quiet, this time. I know you want to fix it but be quiet this time. I know you’re looking at what you can physically see but be quiet this time. I know the date is nearing for when they will cut off your service and there is no check in the mail but be quiet this time. Surgery date is drawing near and God’s promise of healing hasn’t shown up but be quiet this time. You want to call it quits on your marriage but be quiet this time. You are thinking about resigning from your position in the church and the deacon meeting is coming up but be quiet this time. You are recounting the pills that will end your life because nobody is there to help you but be quiet this time. It don’t make sense but be quiet this time. That addiction is calling your name but be quiet this time. Want to fight but be quiet this time. Because, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” And get this, the very enemy you are facing NOW, you will NOT see them again. Refer back to Exodus 14. If this isn’t enough to make you shut up and shout, the bible shares in Lamentations 3:25-26, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Yes ma’am, sir; It easy to fight and hard to keep quiet but being quiet may just keep your life. Be quiet this time.

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Daily Devotional – 5/24/18 “It may not be for you!”

Your struggle, it may not be for you. When Noah was told to build the ark, he did so amid being laughed at and talked about but it wasn’t for him. When Moses was chosen to lead; he had to deal with attitudes, folk talking to him crazy, consistently trying to keep folk from turning back and dealing with a wilderness he didn’t ask for but it wasn’t for him. When Joseph went through being sold by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, thrown in jail and etc.; it was so he could eventually save his family. When Hosea was told to marry Gomer, the harlot, it wasn’t about him. In other words, their struggle wasn’t for them. I know you’re trying to figure out why you have to struggle through some stuff that threatens to take your mind, daily. I know you are trying to make sense of the pain you’ve had to endure, the sickness and strife and now I’m here telling you, it’s not for you. Then who is it for then? It is for those attached to you. You all know my story. I met my husband when I was 18, fresh out of high school and at 21 I was married with a baby. I knew how to take care a house because I saw momma and grandma do it and they taught me well. But the truth is, I didn’t have a clue how to be a wife because I barely knew who I was. So I struggled.

Yet here is the fact of my life … I am glad I struggled, the way I did, in my 20’s and 30’s because it taught me how to be wiser and stronger now. I am glad I struggled, in the beginning of my marriage because now I can help somebody else make it. My struggle gave me the voice to teach my children and others the benefit of a good name and credit score. My struggle helps me to encourage you because I couldn’t have done this in my early years. My struggle then was paying for my sanity now. My struggle then was sowing for my harvest now. My struggle wasn’t for me but it was for those who would, eventually, be attached to me. The person I was then wouldn’t have survived now but the person I am today, is living because of who I was in my struggle. Beloved, your struggle isn’t in vain but because you suffer you can save someone else. And if you happen to need another witness, speak to the ultimate sufferer of all time, Jesus. His struggle wasn’t for Him but it was for us. Who is your struggle for? Maybe it’s your children, who aren’t even born yet. Maybe it’s for that young lady you pass on the street and you haven’t even talked to her yet. Maybe it’s the man doing eight years in jail and you haven’t even crossed paths yet. Maybe it is your sister who appears strong but inwardly weak. Maybe it’s that coworker nobody likes. Your struggle may not be for you but God chose you because He knows you will be the one who survives.