Daily Devotional – 4/18/12 “It may not be all good but it all God!”

This morning I woke up like any other day, thankful just to be alive! Thankful because God gave me back everything that I had on yesterday even if I didn’t thank him for it. Thankful that in spite my doing, God still gave me a fresh anointing. Even feeling extra tired and with a pain in my arm, I’m still thankful. I had no intentions of having a bad morning but that doesn’t mean I was not intended to have one. See, it started with a letter about summer school for my daughter, which really put me in a bad mood because what makes her think I’d pay $200 for summer school when she had months of free education and didn’t take advantage of it. Then I had to be at work at 8:30 because of this breakfast meeting (I am our group’s top performer for the month) but traffic was backed up on the expressway. Then, I got almost to work and realized I’d left my badge at home. If anyone knows about FedEx you know that you can’t get in, around or through our buildings without your badge and it’s an act of Congress to get through security, just to work! Geesh! Needless to say, I got through security and even through the door and as I was walking up the stairs, a coworker passed and said Good Morning. Now, my first response was to ask her what’s so good about it but I didn’t because in those few seconds of her speaking it dawned on me, I didn’t have to ask what is good about today because that didn’t matter. What matters is what’s God about it because even though my day wasn’t good, it was God’s so I shouldn’t complain.

See, I never stopped to realize that all the things that happened were of God’s doing and not the enemy. Being tired means nothing because I’m alive. Having a pain in my arm means I can feel and yet tolerate it. The letter came as a way to spark a fire under this child of mine before school is out, giving her a heads up to get back on track. The traffic was a way of slowing me down or even to stop me from going into a trap that was set for me by the enemy. Leaving my badge was simply God saying even though the doors may be locked, I can still get you through them! Let me show you what God means. At our security gate, you have to scan your badge that then allows the arm to rise to let you through the gate but when I pulled in this morning, the arm was already up and all I had to do was drive through it. Then when I got to the door to the building, a young lady was right behind me to let me in and when I got to the door to our floor, the Admin was there and all I had to do was knock and she pushed a button that let me in. God is saying, “Keep walking because I got you!” Isn’t that amazing? When I think that a locked door means for me to stop, God is saying just wait until I open it because when God opens it, there’s not a man on Earth that can close them. (I’m inputting a shout here!) It may not be all good but it’s surely all God! I don’t have a reason to frown because the word says in Romans 8:28,“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” I have a purpose for this journey that I’m on, just like you have a purpose. I don’t know your purpose but I know that God has given you a gift because Romans 12:6 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.” And that gift will make room for you but you have to use it because 2 Timothy 1:6 says, “You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you [to ordain you]. Now I’m reminding you to fan that gift into flames.”

See, your gift is specific to you just like a custom made suit, which will only fit the person that it’s made for. Yea, someone else may be the same size as you but that doesn’t mean the suit that is made for you will fit them the way it fits you. That why your gift and your purpose is meant for you but you have to work and use your gift in order to find your purpose! No, not all the days that you’re on this Christian walk will be good but that’s ok because it’s all God. Don’t you know that no matter what you face, you can get through it? Don’t you know that no matter how bad your day seems, it can get better? Don’t you know that although you’re crying now, you won’t cry always and even though you’re hurting now, you won’t hurt always? Don’t you allow one bad day to turn into a bad week because that’ll only lead to a bad month which then turns into a bad year and before you know it, your attitude is bad and then what will you have? No one wants to be around someone whose attitude is always bad, whose mouth is always saying something bad and whose heart only carries bad love. Just because things didn’t start out great this morning, it doesn’t mean you can’t turn it around. Stop for a minute and simply say “Lord, do it!” but when you say it, say it with meaning and like he has already fixed the situation. Say it like you know that God knows because he does.

Your life may not be going good but you’re living so it’s all God! Your job may not be as good as you want but you have a check coming in and benefits so it’s all God! Your health may not be as good as you want it to be, but you’re walking on top of the dirt instead of the dirt being on top of you, so it’s all God! Your spouse may not rich but he provides, he may not be a mechanic but he fixes what’s broke and he may not be a GQ model but he is yours so it makes him God’s. Your wife may not be Rachel Ray but she can fix her family a meal, she may not be an accountant but she manages the bills, she may not be a race car driver but she can get off work, pick up the kids, take them to the doctor, go by the grocery store, cleaners, drop them off at practice and still get home to have dinner cooked before you get there and she may not be the Queen but she is the daughter of a King, so that makes her God’s. Don’t be too quick to count yourself out when you’re not having a good day because no matter how stressful life gets, it’s still all God. God can take the test that’s meant to knock you out and turn it into a testimony. He can take the hell that’s meant to kill you and turn it into your highway to heaven. He can take the stress that’s meant to push you down and turn it into a blessing to elevate you up. He can take the words from folk who spoke evil over your life and turn them into a bestselling book. He can take the scars from the knives that were stuck in your back from so called friends and the burns on your knees from steady prayer and turn you into a walking billboard showing God’s grace. See, your life may not be all good all the time but that’s alright because it’s all God. Your bad days may seem to outweigh your good days, but that’s alright because it’s all God. Your complaining may sometime get in the way of your praise, but that’s alright because it’s all God. You may not be where you think you ought to be but that’s alright because it’s all God. When it’s all over and done and your work down here is done, when your eyes are closed and the blood in your veins is cold, when your mouth no longer talks, your arms and legs won’t move and when all that will speak for you will be the memories of your living, take comfort in knowing that it’s still all God!

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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