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 – 3/1/18 “Hush now and go!”

Life can get overwhelming. I started to put sometimes life gets overwhelming but then I realized, sometimes happens more often than we like. What do you do? What do you do when you are faced with an obstacle that looks too big to overcome or when you are met with an unexpected change that wasn’t on your vision board? What do you do when you go to sleep married and wake up a widow or lay down with child you can touch only to wake up to only memories? What do you do when the job lays you off, the doctor gives you grim news or your bank account is still negative no matter how many hours you work? What do you do when you can’t get along with your siblings and barely speaking? What do you do when life gets overwhelming? If you’re like me, your first answer is, the heck if I know; I’m just putting one foot in front of the other and looking better than I feel. The heck if I know, I’m still looking at the hell I can’t get out of or away from. Well, I got good and bad news. Bad news, I don’t have the answer. Good news is, I know somebody who does.

In Exodus, the Israelites were complaining because they’d listened to Moses and left Egypt and now Pharaoh is chasing them down yet Moses tells them 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.” Understand, Moses was just as afraid but God told him to go forward because He already had a plan of escape and Moses held it in his hand. In other words, you need to hush and keep walking because the very thing to save you AND your family could be in the palm of your hand, the pit of your stomach, the never ceasing thoughts in your mind and your ability to form words. However, you have to go forward. Sure, Moses saw the Red Sea but he knew what he heard God say when He said in Exodus 14:15-16, “The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.” Beloved, hush now and go. Stand before your obstacle and raise your hand(s) with faith that God has given you the power to perform signs and wonders. It might not make sense but trust that God will work for you when you believe.