Daily Devotional – 11/18/19 “You’re not alone!”

Let’s say you’ve saved a lot of money to build a house. Ground is broken, concrete is poured, wood is starting to be put in its rightful place as you pour your blood, sweat and tears into creating the home of your dreams. You hardly sleep making sure every piece of wood and nail is right, the inside is painted the correct color scheme you’ve pictured, plumbing is good etc. The home is finished, you decorate it and now its move in day but then you decide, you don’t want it anymore and walk away.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, think about how God feels every time you think He’s forsaken you. Just imagine how God feels when you treat Him as if He’s left you by yourself. Do you not realize all that God has done for you? He created heaven and earth in six days, giving us everything we need to survive. Then sin was introduced so God gave us hard work and pain as a consequence to the action but then He insured we’d be able to endure it by making us extra strong. Then sin began running rampant, so God sent His only Son, as a living sacrifice for us to be able to repent, when we sin AND still live. So, tell me again why you think He’ll forsake us?

Beloved, God has put His blood, sweat and tears into creating us. He spent His time to mold us. He even gave us His breathe so that we might live. He left His word so that we might fill up on His knowledge and wisdom. He gives us His anointing that seals us with the power to cast out, call down and destroy strongholds. We’re granted new mercies, every day that keeps us in our right mind. So, what makes you think He’ll leave us without a thought about our well being? After everything He sacrifices, daily for us, why would He abandon us now? After everything ….

God said to Jacob, while he dreamed in Genesis 28:15, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” And I just believe and trust God enough to know this is meant for us too, even now. My sister, my brother; God has not left you. He may get quiet, but He hasn’t left. He may not show up, when you expect but He hasn’t left. You may have to suffer but He hasn’t left because God has too much invested in us to abandon us. You have to know this, don’t you? If you don’t or if you simply need a reminder, here it is. Your pain, this momentary moment of feeling defeated, this dark place you’re in, loss you’ve experienced, sickness that will not leave you … you’re not alone.

God is always there, and He shares with us these words in Isaiah 40:27-31, “O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Why an eagle? They can see their enemy from a distance, they flock and eat with other eagles, they don’t dwell amongst nor eat of anything dead, they can soar through storms, wait on the right male companion, build their nest out of the enemy’s reach, train their children and when their body has been beat up by what they’ve gone through; they rest through their metamorphosis phase (allowing new feathers to grow). God knows exactly what He’s doing with you. Trust Him!

Daily Devotional – 10/23/19 “God took a chance”

The last few months, I’ve been intentional about my prayer life. In the mornings, instead of grabbing my phone, I sit in fellowship with God. Before my feet hit the floor, I thank God and then I ask Him to set the order of my day. This morning was no different but I felt different because I have a deeper appreciation for what God has allowed, in my life. This is why, my words to Him this morning were “God, thank you for taking a chance on me.” See, I always took for granted God’s need of me. When the truth of the matter is, He doesn’t yet He took a chance on me.

When I was being selfish, mean, angry, bitter, sinful and all the other words to describe my mess; God was still willing to take a chance on me. When I wasn’t fitting to live but fearful of dying, God was stilling willing to take a chance on me. When I was ignoring Him and blatantly disrespecting this vessel He created; He was still waiting to take a chance on me. When I was acting holy, playing church every Sunday, knee deep in sin and halfway repenting; He still took a chance on me. Y’all this thang hit differently when you come to understand that God doesn’t need us, not when He can make rocks cry out and donkeys talk; yet He takes a chance on us. There’s an old gospel song that says, “He chose me, out of all that He could have used, He chose me.” Is that great news to anybody other than me? Is there anybody else who’s grateful to God for choosing us, to use?

Even with assignments that aggravate us, blessings that burden us, circumstances that confuse us, detours that distract us, evilness that engulfs us, fights that frustrates us, grievances that gird us, hurt that hinder us, injustices that infuriates us, jealousies we’re judged by, kicks that knock us down, longsuffering we labor with, mishandlings in ministry, nosey instigators, oppositions, persecutions, questions, restlessness, sacrifices, trouble and troublemakers, ungodliness, valleys and vexes, weaknesses and yokes (There’s no x or z, stop looking) … God still deems us worthy enough of being chosen to handle them all.

So, press through the spiritual abuse we sometimes have to suffer, the valleys we sometimes fall victim too because God took a chance on you. And because He did, there’s an even greater chance of you surviving. How do I know? Because God gives us chance after chance, every time and if He didn’t believe in us; He’s given up by now. When it gets hard, remember this … God took a chance on you. #tryagain #Goddid