Daily Devotional – 1/22/18 “Why God?”

No, this isn’t one of those devotionals where we will spend the next few minutes questioning God on why this/that is or is not happening. In actuality, the question, “Why God,” is directed at you. Yes, you; why did you choose God? I am not looking for the cute, fluffed up answer but I need you to dig deep and think about this thing. You’re probably wondering what difference does it make or even the sense of this question but I’m asking in order for you to really think about it. See, when you truly figure out why you chose God, maybe then you’ll truly start believing, trusting and serving God more. So, I ask you again, why God? Why did you choose God that day? I am not talking about the time, you were 13, went to a revival with your grandmother and joined the mourner’s bench. I’m referring to that time, in the middle of your bedroom, when you felt like you couldn’t go on and you surrendered. I’m talking about that time you stopped running and finally told God yes. I’m talking about that time you were standing at the end of the ledge about to jump but didn’t. The time you were staring at the barrel of the gun but didn’t pull the trigger. The time you counted out the pills but didn’t swallow them. I’m talking about that time you gave up and decided you no longer wanted to live the way you’d been living. I’m talking about the time, you for real chose God.

Why? What made that time different from the rest? What made that night different from all the other nights, you laid awake after committing the sin? What made that morning different from all the other mornings you cried and declared you’d changed? Look, I am not asking this question to pry into your business but I’m asking in order for you to take a reflective look. You chose God for a reason and whatever the reason is/was, it made you trust God, believe in and on God and serve Him. And if God was worthy of being chosen then, what happened to make you doubt Him now because He hasn’t changed. If you trusted Him enough, then, to give yourself to Him; what happened to make you change now because God is still the same. Why God? Today I want you to do something for me. Take a few minutes of alone time, turn off all distractions, focus and go back to that dark place and rediscover the reason you, for real, chose God. Doing this allows you to reignite the fire you once had and the belief in God who was able to save you, bring you out, heal, deliver and set you free. Rediscovering why you chose God, may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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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