Daily Devotional – 1/18/18 “If you know God then trust God!”

Does anyone else, besides me, find it quite perplexing of how easy it is for us to trust and take folk at their word but we have an issue taking God at His? I see statuses every day saying, “I release this over your life,” “I decree this over you,” or “God told me to tell you,” and all you have to do is type Amen. Hundreds of people respond, “Amen,” or “I receive it” yet some of those same people don’t believe what the bible shares in Jeremiah 29:11-12, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” God’s word says He has already made provisions for our end before our beginning even starts but we are skeptical. We trust the GPS but not God’s word that says in Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” We are lost without our cell phones and electronics but not without Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our provider. We trust the expired medicine in the cabinet but not Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals. We trust folk with our lives but question God’s plan. We even eat at restaurants and work potlucks but we have a problem digesting the meat of God’s word.

Beloved, to know God is to trust God because He never, ever lets us down. Understand, I know sometimes we have to have a conversation with God but why is it easy to question Him when you will not question that relationship you don’t trust. Why is it easy to doubt God yet you’ll still ride on those tires with the thread hanging out. Beloved, if God didn’t have plans for our life, He could have allowed us to perish in the pits of our sin. God could have cut us off when we continued to show up at the places we said we’d never go again. You know God could have allowed that overdose to shut your mouth but He didn’t, instead He granted you the opportunity to be a living testimony. God could have allowed the judge to sentence you to years behind bars but He didn’t because He needs the lessons from your mistake to save somebody else. God could have very well allowed your heart to stop on that operating table but He believes in you. Do you believe in Him? What I am sharing is, trust God at ALL times. Even when it doesn’t make logically sense to your natural eyes, trust God. Even when what you are being confronted with doesn’t look like it’ll work in your favor, trust God. Even when you have tried and can’t figure it out, trust God. Trust Him like you trust the button on those pants you barely got in. Trust God like you do the bank for that check you just wrote. Trust God like He holds your best interest at heart because He does. And if you find it hard to trust God, it may be because you don’t know Him as well as you claim because bible shares, “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Daily Devotional – 11/10/15 “It’s interesting …”

I find it quite interesting that we trust folk, no questions asked, but we have an issue with trusting God. I mean, we will question God like He’s the material witness for our case yet when folk say, “Ride with me,” we go no question about it. We’ve even gotten to the point that we trust Siri for directions but we won’t go where God leads us. We are so trusting of cell phones and electronics that we feel lost without them yet we won’t trust El Shaddai, God almighty. We trust the bread from the shelf of the grocery store without looking at the expiration date yet we won’t trust Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide. We trust the expired medication that’s in the cabinet but we won’t trust Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals. We trust the one who says, I’ll be there yet we won’t trust Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there. We trust our carnal minds to ease our troubles but we won’t trust Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our peace or Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner. Oh, we can trust sleeping pills, alcohol and drugs yet we won’t put trust in Jehovah M’Kaddesh, the Lord who makes Holy. We trust walking in the darkness, wandering in the wilderness yet we won’t trust EL ROI, God of seeing.

I don’t get it. It’s so easy for us to get in the car with a new co-worker, church member or friend and trust them with our life yet we have a problem trusting Jehovah, Lord. It’s easy for us to eat other folk’s cooking without a doubt yet we have questions for EL OLAM, Everlasting God. What is it going to take to get you to trust Him? Oh I know you’ve never seen anyone physically walk on water but have you seen anyone make air, yet you trust it? Haven’t God proved Himself by the miracle that is you? You know, good and well, you should have been dead by now, yet your ungrateful self still lives to see another day. You know, like I know; your past should have cut you off yet you’re still here and your past can’t stop what God has. Yea, you should have been the one in jail, you should have been the one strung out on drugs, your name should have been in the obituary section of the newspaper, it could have been your child with cancer, your momma with Alzheimer, your husband with an addiction he can’t break, your son on the corner, your daughter walking the streets, your family homeless or you without a way out; oh but God spared your stingy, stanky self, one more time! Baby, you know like I know, your mouth should always have praises in it. However, when you get to a point of trusting God, He’ll get to a place of trusting you!