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 – 11/27/17 “You have to believe!”

Here it is, another Monday; the last one in November and 34 days before this year ends and somebody is feeling just as lost as this time last year. Maybe it’s because you have taken more losses than wins, this year. Maybe it’s because you have been sicker, this year. Maybe it’s because you have experienced depression, this year. Maybe you have seen more storms, this year. And just maybe you are tired of everything and everybody. Tired of scraping together and still struggling, praying with no answer, church hopping and no real connection, seeking but only finding trouble, trying to trust but it’s getting harder and waiting in expectancy but the enemy is calling your name. Yes, you’ve turned the other cheek but it still hurts. You’ve ignored the ignorance but it still affects you. You’ve unfriended and blocked some folk but what they said is still pricking at your heart. Yes, you’ve been reading the bible yet it seems the more you open it, the harder the attacks. And you still have to get up because somebody is depending on you. You still have to push because your destiny is depending on you. You still have to stand, while hurt and in pain because your life is depending on it.

I wish I had the magic answer, the one scripture to erase all your pain, that one song to soothe you, the one word to comfort you and the remedy to all that ails you but … wait, I do. As cliché as it is, I got it. His name is El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), Jehovah Nissi (Banner over me), Jehovah Rohi (My Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (My Healer), Jehovah Jireh (My Provider), Jehovah Shalom (My Peace), Jehovah Tsidkenu (Righteousness), El Olam (Everlasting) and El Gibhor (Mighty). If that isn’t enough, grandma says He’s alpha and omega, He’s beginning and the end, He’s joy in sorrow and hope for tomorrow, He’s the author and finisher of our faith, He’s midnight company keeper, He’s a wiper of our tears and the answer to our fears, He a heavy load carrier and burden bearer, He’s credit repairer and blessing sharer, He can restore your mind and give sight to the blind, He can make a lame man walk and the mute to talk, He can do what doctors couldn’t and what man wouldn’t AND if He can do all of this, can He not do what you are in need of? Of course He can and surely He will. You simply have to believe in His power and trust in His word.