Daily Devotional – 12/30/19 “Cycle of Completeness!”

I was going back through some older devotionals, looking for one to share again. I couldn’t find it, but I stumbled across this one and I’m led to share it again (with revisions). It’s not that God doesn’t have more for me to say but somebody needs this word. Somebody who is feeling like God can’t use them. Somebody who feels like rejecting the calling on your life because of who you think you are. This is for somebody who’s having a hard time believing that God can and will use you. Maybe you feel like this woman. A woman who didn’t always feel useless but now she walks the streets, in skimpy clothes, selling herself to every person she thinks can fill the emptiness on the inside of her.

See, her son passed away, a year ago, at the age of two; heart disease, and no matter how she tried, she couldn’t bring herself out of the depression that called her name day after day. Her family loved her, but they couldn’t help her. She tried drugs/alcohol but even they didn’t help. One day she got into the car of a man she’d serviced before. He had a smile that made you trust him, and she did. But this day the smile faded, and the monster appeared. He raped and beat her, leaving her at the edge of the city for dead.

She was in a coma for nineteen days.

On the twentieth day, she opened her eyes and saw a man walking around her bed. She couldn’t make out what he was saying but he kept touching her. She tried to speak, she tried to move but couldn’t. So, she closed her eyes and whispered within her spirit, “Lord, I surrender,” before drifting off to sleep. The next day she is awakened by the sounds of her mom calling her name. She opens her eyes and after the tubes are removed, she asks about the man. No one knew who she was talking about, but she kept whispering, where’s the man?

After a few days, the hospital chaplain comes in and she recognizes him. She asks him about that night and he explains that God allowed her to sleep until the 20th day because 20 represents the cycle of completeness. 20, biblically, is connected to a perfect period of waiting, that sometimes comes with labor and suffering. Think of it as serving a sentence and it’s now release day.

This woman’s cycle of guilt, shame and depression was now complete.

For whomever you are that’s reading this and thinking, God won’t use you because of your past mistakes and present sin; you’re wrong. Beloved, your cycle of shame is about to be completed. Your season of lack, it’s about to be done. But you must surrender and wait on God. I don’t care about your past or your present, God has need of you, but I need you to make it to 2020. Can you do that? Will you trust God enough, even in your labor and your suffering? Will you believe God’s promise to never forsake you? Will you take God at His word? Your cycle of completeness is on the way, but you’ve got to make it.

Psalm 138_8

Daily Devotional – 7/2/13 “What a change!”

At this time last year, I kissed my granddaddy goodbye asking him to wait for me until I got home not knowing that as I sat at work, this time the day after he would be gone. Yea, I knew it was coming but boy what a change! Isn’t it something how fast things can change? Not only for the bad but for the good as well? You can go from being unemployed to having the job of your dreams or you can go from being married to a widow simply with a phone call. Isn’t that something? One minute your body can be wracked with pain and within a few minutes a pain pill can kick in and it all goes away. You can think your home is the happiest place on earth until a mistake ruins everything you’ve put together; what a change! This is why the bible says in Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”. I know, you think you got it all together. You got your goals set out, your vision written and your plans planned but then life happens and it all falls to pieces. You have your vacation planned and then the bill happens. You have your night planned and then your child gets sick. You have your day planned and then your car’s tire is flat. You have your speech prepared and then the meeting changes. Man, what a change! Yet, I’ve learned that through change whether good or bad, it’s all God because He tells me in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” so I press on. Then my bible says in Proverbs 16:4, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble,” so I walk on. Then Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” so I get back up. Then 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” so I claim what’s mine. And then Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands,” so I work on! Oh, yes change comes but I’m called for this so I’ll stay calm and continue to carry the charge that I’ve been chosen to complete. What a change it is but I’m confidently continuing to get my crown.