Daily Devotional – 4/22/20 “Don’t complain!”

Look, you ought to be at a point in your life where whining and complaining is no longer a choice or at best it should be minimal. Yes, I know things are going to happen but whining tho? When has whining and complaining gotten you anything worthy? When has throwing yourself a pity party ever resulted in something good? When has blaming folk ever paid off for you? When has making God the cause of your problems worked out in your favor? I get it, you see more bills than money, more sickness than healing, more death than deliverance, more killings than kindness, more situations than solutions, more problems than patience and more things than time but complaining won’t solve them.

While you see an issue, God is giving you an instance to actually interpret His involvement as influenced instruction. In First Kings 17, when God sent Elijah to the widow woman, He told him, “She’ll feed you.” Although God knew this woman’s flour and oil was almost empty and her plans to let her and her son die, yet He still sent Elijah. Why? Because God knew if the woman was obedient, her flour and oil wouldn’t run out until the drought in the land was over.

God knows what you’re going through. He knows the predicament you’re in. Yes, God knows you barely got enough food but He’ll send somebody to ask you for some to see if you’ll trust Him. God will let somebody ask you for five of the $10 you got left. Will you give it and trust God to provide or will you complain? Somebody may say, I’m going to do both. Child… listen, God will take care of you, even when things may not work out the way you’d hoped. God may allow you to suffer through the storm, He may allow you to fall, the test will be positive for cancer or the little change you got will run out; but don’t complain. Even in the same passage, First Kings 17, the widow woman’s son dies. Yes, after helping Elijah from her little, her son dies but Elijah takes the boy and cries out to God and God answered him.

Today, try something. No, don’t try but do it. Don’t complain. When you find yourself wanting too, change your language. When you find your mouth opening wanting to complain, speak a word of prayer over the situation. Learn how to trust God in everything because as long as you go in with God, you’ll come out with God. Stop complaining and whining through the obstacle of life in order to see that’s God’s miracle (which is you) can overcome it all.

Daily Devotional – 10/11/17 “I know what I heard!”

Sometimes God will send somebody to ask for a portion of your last. And it may happen to be during a time you cannot see how to get more. A time when your drought is at its peak and your refrigerator, cabinets, pantry, gas tank and checking account is bare and there is no check in the mail. A time when you’ve sowed but there’s still no rain for harvest. What do you do? In 1 Kings 17, Elijah shows up at this widow’s home asking for water and a piece of bread, while she is in a place of despair. Her flour barrel is empty but Elijah knows what he heard God say. See, God had already made provisions for her when He told Elijah in 1 Kings 17:9, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” How else could she feed him if God wouldn’t provide the food? You do remember there’s a drought happening which meant no rain; no rain no harvest, no harvest no flour and no flour no more bread. But Elijah heard what God said, “There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again (verse 14)!”

Yes, it seems like everybody needs you when you are in need yourself but will you trust God to provide? Even when you’re being asked for half of your last slice of bread and cannot afford to get more. Even when you are being asked to borrow $20 of the last $30 you have and payday is still 11 days away. Even when you are asked to drive them 30 miles when you only have 50 miles of gas left and no money in your pocket. Will you trust what you heard God say? I know it’s hard when all you see is what’s in front of you but will you trust when God says, “I’ll never leave nor forsake you?” Yea, I may not see it but I know what I heard. I may not have it yet but I know what I heard. They may tell me no, now, but I know what I heard. Checking account low, body filled with pain, the folks are coming to turn off my lights, landlord is at the door and my car won’t start but I know what I heard! “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being, I announce them to you.” – Isaiah 42:9