Daily Devotional – 11/21/19 “No doubt, belief!”

About a week ago I started experiencing blurry vision while at my computer. Now, you know a computer is something I frequent every day. From writing sermons, devotionals, books and working my 8 to 5; I’m always looking at some type of screen. I had my glasses replaced about six months ago and the doctor then told me it was time for bifocals because I was getting older, you know yada-yada. (I’ve also had an astigmatism for as long as I can remember.) The new glasses were hard to get used to so I alternated between them and an old pair I keep at work but nothing was helping, lately. It also doesn’t help that I have had vertigo. I believe God for total healing.

So, I prayed. I laid hands on myself and I prayed believing God can do it. “God, even when doctors can’t help, you can heal. God, I may not understand but you created the plan for my life, have your way. God, I trust you.”

This wasn’t the full prayer but along those lines. Anyway, I made an appointment with Eye Specialty Group and because it could be pressure they wanted me to come in, right away because some years ago, I had an issue with pressure behind my eyes. I get to the appointment and they do the usual vision test, dilate my eyes, test the pressure, look at the optic nerves and all that. I get to the doctor and he does his thing. Y’all, this man removes the machine thingy from in front of me and I’m bracing myself. He says, “your eyes are perfect. No swelling, no diabetes, no cataracts, no glaucoma and no pressure. Your distant vision is 20/20 and all you need is some readers for up close reading when your eyes get tired.”

Me, I’m like … say what now? I got glasses in my purse with bifocal lens.

He slides over to the table, gives me a sheet of paper and tells me to pull it close until its blurry. I tell him it’s blurry anyway because my eyes are dilated. He then puts a pair of readers, he uses over my eyes and it was like the sky opened and the angels were singing, ahhhh. Then he says, his readers were too strong for what I need and he’d write down the strength I could go by any store and pick up (see picture).

I know this isn’t the usual devotional but I need to tell somebody, this day, God can still do it! That’s it. I don’t know what you’re praying for, I don’t know what you’re waiting on, I don’t know what you’ve given up on but God can still do it. I’m sitting at my computer, right now, typing this with NO glasses and NO blurriness, NO dizziness … God can still do it!

When Peter was amazed that the fig tree Jesus cursed was actually withered, Jesus told him in Mark 11:22-24, “”Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.””

No doubt, belief!

Daily Devotional – 9/13/13 “Faith, blind faith!”

Have you ever tried walking with your eyes closed or ever imagined how your life would be if you could no longer see? I would think you’d probably bump into things, walk into doors or walls or cause all kinds of chaos until you got used to it, right? Well, being and living as a Christian is just like this. The only difference is, we walk around with our eyes open and yet we still bump into stuff like other folk’s folk, walk into sin like lying and stealing and break stuff like commandments. However, God has given us faith, this blind faith that carries us through all of it. It carries us through storms, tests, death, being lied and cheated on, being looked over and even sickness. This faith, this blind faith covers us no matter where we are and it guides us even when we don’t look where we are going because 2 Corinthians 5:7 states, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” See, on this journey we will encounter all kinds of obstacles while we walk. Some obstacles we will see and some we won’t; we will encounter all kinds of enemies, some we know and some we don’t but no matter what it is we have to walk as though whatever it is, God has already worked it out. Why? Well because He has. See, God tells us in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Yea, God already knows the paths that we’ll walk because He has ordained them and He knows what we can bear because he made us! This is why we have to walk like nothing can stop us. Oh, it’ll slow you down but it cannot stop you unless you allow it. You have to walk towards the promise that God has made like you see it printed in the sky and we have to walk like there are no bumps in the road, no curves to the street, no hill to climb and no darkness ahead because 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

When you work on your job, you work on the unseen promise of a check in 2 weeks because you have faith that’ll it be deposited at 12am. When you drive your car, you drive with the unseen hope that it will make it to your destination because you have faith in the money you’ve spent. When you get up in the morning, you stand without knowing if your legs will hold you up yet you do with faith that they will. When you sit down in a chair, you sit without knowing if it will stand but you have faith that it will. Isn’t this the same kind of faith you should have in God who has already promised you He’d be there? Don’t you walk through the house at night with the unseen faith you won’t stump your toe on the end of the couch or trip over something the kids have left lying out? Don’t you put your trust in that person you just met who is smiling in your face? Then why not trust the only Man that has never lied, broken a promise or ignored your call? Unlike man, God never fails yet you are quick to doubt Him. Faith is your belief that God exists. Faith is your belief that He’ll never fail. Faith is your belief that He’s always there because faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).”

“Mark 11:22-24, And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”