Daily Devotional – 8/1/14 “Lean not on your understanding!”

Now that you’ve prayed and got up; your legs are a little wobbly but that’s ok … move! I told you on yesterday that after you’ve had surgery, the nurses will get you up to walk and aren’t you’re a little off balance then? Well do you think the nurse will let you fall if it’s her responsibility to hold you up? Then what makes you think God will? Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” See, you may not understand why you are being sent there but trust in the Lord and go. You may be unfamiliar with the road you have to take to get there but trust in the Lord and go. You may even feel like you’re out of your comfort zone but trust in the Lord and go on. Please understand this; God will not send you anywhere He hasn’t already been. Did you not read the scripture from yesterday? Here it is again for those of you who are still shaking and scared to move. Deuteronomy 31:8 says “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Yea, I know you didn’t think you were worthy of being sent there but when you stop leaning on your understanding you’ll see that not only are you worthy but you are a chosen vessel called to do God’s will. Baby, you probably even assumed your past would hinder you but God is asking, “What past?” (Gone God!) Understand, realize and accept the fact that God got you. Stop worrying about what she said when she can’t save you. Stop worrying about what he said when he can’t restore you. And stop worrying about what they said when they can’t put you in Heaven or Hell. Stop focusing on them and trust in the Lord because when you lean on God, He’ll surround you with the right circle of folk who will judge you justly, criticize you correctly, push your passion and grow your gift. Yet here you are surrounding yourself with folk who will stick their leg out to trip you and then lie like they didn’t mean it. Throw a rock to knock you down and then reach down to help you up. But please get this if you don’t get anything else. Everyone who says they are for you, it doesn’t mean they are. This is why you can’t lean on your own understanding. See, someone you probably consider a good friend doesn’t think you deserve the job you just got but you trust and watch God. Someone you keep letting into your home is the one bringing all the hell but pray, trust and watch God work. Someone you trust doesn’t trust you and they are the ones wishing bad over your life but pray, trust, lean on God and watch God work this. Someone is behind your back questioning how you got your car, house, spouse and healing but pray, trust, lean on God and not your understanding and watch God work this thang. Chile, somebody you worship with is still trying to figure out how God could take somebody like you who weren’t fitting to live and not ready to die, used to be the town (female or male) slut, at all the clubs, kept your mouth on everybody and stayed in other folk business; place you in your storm, wash you off, re-dress you in His newness, give you a new mind, a new song to dance too, new words to use and now you’re in ministry in your church but when you pray, trust and lean on Him; you can stand back and watch God work this thang out! Lean not on your understanding because you still won’t understand!

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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