Daily Devotional – 5/11/16 “Friend or foe?”

Last week in bible study, we began the book of Job. As I studied, I found it interesting that most of the beginning chapters are the conversations with Job and his three friends. What was also interesting was the judgment his so-called friends passed. I mean, here they come acting as if they really cared; they did sit with him for seven days and seven nights without mumbling a word but oh when they did, the first thing they suggest is that Job must have done something wrong and sinned against God because innocent people don’t suffer. After Job begins cursing the day he was born, the first friend replies saying Job you’ve always encouraged others during their times but now that trouble has struck you, you can’t handle it. Job listens because he believes encouragement is coming but Eliphaz then begins trying to convince Job to confess his sin. He says in Job 4:8, “My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.” In other words, he’s saying Job must have sown trouble because it’s what he’s now reaping; all because Job’s glitz & glamour was gone. Yet, isn’t it crazy how quick folk will judge you in your trouble but wasn’t saying a word when they were reaping the benefits of your good? This is why I asked the question in bible study, “How well do you know your friends?” Can you answer that?

Think about it. Job loved these friends and called them brother but when he needed someone to comfort him, they cursed him instead. When he needed someone to lean on, they pushed him off. They came to see what he’d done to cause God to punish him, not to offer words of encouragement. And some of us are surrounded by folk like this. Yea, they act like they love us but wait until trouble comes. They’ll start whispering stuff like, “I didn’t know she’d do something like this,” or “He sure did have me fooled, I thought he was one of the good ones.” These kinds of folk are only around to benefit off your favor. They won’t come and pray for you but they’ll show up to pimp you for information. They don’t show up to console you but it’ll be more like confronting you. This is why you have to be mindful of who’s around you. You have to examine folk, now days, just to ensure they are willing to go through the good and the bad. You do know some folk are only hanging on to you for the good, right? They are there as long as you’re serving steak but starting offering ground beef and see what happens. Baby, you have to get somebody around who can pray you out of trouble when you can’t, encourage you when you’re hurting or who’ll tell you when you’re wrong. You have to get someone who’ll be willing to go to war (spiritually) on your behalf and not be the one cheering for your enemy! How well do you know your friends?

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Daily Devotional – 2/10/14 “For whatever you sow …”

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t pay us back in the same way we pay him? No, I’m not talking about tithes and offerings but I’m speaking on teaching, helping, loving, giving, studying, going, doing and being. See, God gives us another opportunity to thank Him yet we don’t take it. He gives us another day to live a life that is pleasing yet we let the sun go down yet again without living it. He gives us another moment to make things right but we’d rather allow the time to slip right on by. He gives us a fresh anointing today yet we’d rather still borrow from yesterdays. He erases all of our past mistakes yet we’re still searching back there to find them. He allowed the door to close because it wasn’t right for you yet you’d rather sneak through the window to get in. He even placed a closed sign on the road you were heading down yet you drove right on past it. Yep, you were warned but you’ve ignored all the signs. Oh, but let me tell you that the bible says in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Yea, you’re wondering why you’re going through hell but isn’t that all you’ve sown? You keep wondering why you haven’t gotten your spouse yet when you keep digging in somebody else’s relationship. You’re trying to understand why no one will call you a friend but you have to first show yourself as friendly. You’re trying to figure out why no one will have your back yet you’re the one who likes to throw rocks and hide your hand. Yea, I know you’ve heard that karma is something that exist but God doesn’t work in karma because, again, you only get back what you sow for Hosea 10:12 says, “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.” But hold up because Job 4:8 says, “those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” It’s all about what you sow.

See, you’ve got to stop with all this back and forth stuff. You have to stop being a convenient Christian when God is a constant companion. Stop being a rocky type Christian. You know the one the bible describes in Luke 8:13, “Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away,” when God is the only rock you need. All I’m saying is be very careful what you plant and where you plant it because although it may take a while, you’ll still reap it. Yes, God promises us trouble but this is the trouble that He prepares us for. All that other stuff, that’s on you!