Daily Devotional – 1/7/12 “Be Still”

I got up this morning and I thought I was going to have my devotional done early, but nope, I couldn’t think of one thing! I prayed and I still had no idea, so I put the computer down, fixed breakfast and nope, still nothing. So, I watched a movie and washed my hair and now I’m sitting down at the computer under the dryer still with no clue. But then all of a sudden, God’s said, be still. I thought to myself, be still, but I still have a devotional to write yet I obeyed because in my reading this morning I found that being obedient to God is better than any offering or sacrifice that you or I can ever give (1 Samuel 15:22). Then I realized that God was telling me to tell you, today, to BE STILL! You are pacing trying to figure out your next move, when God says he already has it covered. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).” You are already stressing about tomorrow’s worries when you haven’t even given a thought about today but Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” You are anxious and running around from here to there and for what? BE STILL! Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” See, God is trying to do something in your life, at this very moment, but you’re moving too fast to catch it. God is trying to tell you something but you’re too busy to hear it. Slow down because you might just be missing out on a blessing that you’ve been waiting for. Can you remember being young and your mom has gotten you dressed for church and she tells you to be still and don’t move until she is ready to go, but instead you go and get into something and mess up your dress or shirt and now, she is mad which means you’re in trouble?

With God, it’s almost the same. He won’t be as mad as momma but you get the gist of what I’m saying. The answer that you’ve been waiting for, it’s coming but be still. The confirmation that you’ve been praying for, it’s coming just be still. That husband or wife you’ve been wishing for, they are coming just hold on and be still. Stop trying to rush God, stop rushing for things to happen and stuff to change because usually when you rush you make a mistake. Let God do what he said he would, in his own time. Just be still. Psalm 37:7 says “Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with [an evildoer] who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.” This is simply saying; stop trying to keep up with the Joneses because if you look closely at them, you’ll see that all they got didn’t come from God. While you are working sun up to sun down to get a house like Jody has, she is barely making ends meet to keep it. While you are spending every dime to wear Polo like your friends, they are stealing theirs. When you take matters into your own hands, you remove them from God’s hand. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be in God’s hands than Allstate because they may let me down. When you worry it’s like saying you don’t have faith that God will be there. But I can tell you that he’s better than Visa because you don’t have to take him in your wallet, he’s everywhere you’re trying to be. He’s is better than Aleve because he will give you all day relief. He’s better than Nyquil because he can give you a peaceful sleep. God is better than Nationwide; he’ll be more than on your side because he will be your front, back, side, top and bottom. God is better than Goody’s or BC’s because he’ll ease your pain faster than they can. God is better than State Farm because he’ll be there even before you call him. All you have to do is trust him. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” When you depend on folks, they can let you down but if you depend on God, he’ll never fail.

While you are putting all your trust in folks, you should be putting your trust in God because then he’ll screen everyone that comes into your life. With God, it’s like having a security checkpoint in your life at all times. You know how you go through the security checks at the airport and they check everything to make sure you are no danger to them; well God is your security guard, if you allow him to be. I know you’ve heard this but it’s true, if you place your heart in God, all the folks that come into your life will have to go through God to get it. Once they go through God, they should come out being a new creature with love in their heart and joy on their lips. But, if you give yourself to anybody that comes along, you’ll soon be filled with holes and just like a bucket that has holes in it, you’re no good. Think about the cartoon Tom & Jerry and the time when Jerry filled Tom with holes and every time he took a drink of water, it all came running out of him. Well, if you keep allowing folks to take a part a of you every time they walk out of your life, you’ll soon be filled with holes and by the time the real person for you comes along, you won’t be able to hold anything inside. Stop rushing, stop pacing, stop worrying and be still! When you stop running from God and the will he has for your life, you’ll see everything in a whole new light because the light that God has isn’t dim and it doesn’t ever need recharging or replacing. Be still and let God handle your problems. Try it, if just for today and if you like it, try it again tomorrow and the next day. God never breaks a promise, he never fails and he’s always there.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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