Daily Devotional – 2/2/15 “Be careful what you ask for!”

For some reason, this has been echoing in my spirit all weekend. “Be careful what you ask for.” See, sometimes we can ask of God things we aren’t ready for, stuff we aren’t prepared to handle, people we aren’t mentally capable of processing and blessings our spiritual level hasn’t yet risen to partake in. Oh but we think we are ready for them so we keep asking God for them. We keep badgering God for the stuff He knows we aren’t ready for yet He keeps blocking us from getting hurt by saying no, by closing doors or by allowing people to walk off but we can’t see the good in that because all we see is what we are missing out on. But what are we lacking in the no? In Numbers 11, God bought the people of Israel out of bondage yet they complained. But get this … They complained about not having meat to eat not recognizing the fact that although they had meat to eat back in Egypt, they were in bondage but now just because they didn’t have meat, they were free. They didn’t even take the time to see the blessing in where they were. So God gave them what they asked for because He had become angry in their whining and in their complaining. Not only did God give them meat, He gave them so much they had to eat it for 30 days that they eventually gorged themselves to death (Numbers 11:33-34). “Be careful what you ask for.”

This is why as Saints of God; we have to be careful what we ask for. God isn’t limiting us when He says no; He is simply telling us it isn’t our time yet but we have to be in the right mindset to be able to accept His no. Yea, I know we think we are ready for that car, that house, that job, that husband, that wife, that boyfriend, that girlfriend, that apartment or even that credit card but there is a blessing in the no. I know you wanted to be the chairperson of that program but it wasn’t your time. I know you wanted to be head of that department but it isn’t your time. Don’t leave the church because you didn’t get the position you wanted this time. Haven’t you realized yet that God is looking out for your best interest? Stop looking at what others have as a way to gage what your blessings should look like because you don’t know what others have been through to get theirs. That’s why I won’t base my blessings off yours. I don’t know that you’ve been through three abusive relationships before your husband finally found your heart that God mended. I don’t know the sleepless nights you’ve had to work to get your house. I don’t know the nights you paced and prayed to get your children through college. I don’t know the nights you cried, toiling with pain to get to your healing. I don’t know what you’ve endured to stop living paycheck to paycheck. This is why I won’t wish for your blessings. This is why we have to be careful what we ask for!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

Lakisha Johnson, native Memphian and author of over fifteen titles was born to write. She’ll tell you that “It isn't just writing, it's ministry." Along with being an author, she is an ordained minister, co-pastor, wife, mother and the product of a large family. She is an avid blogger at kishasdailydevotional.com and social media poster where she utilizes her gifts to encourage others to tap into their God given talents. She won’t claim to be the best at what she does nor does she have all the answers, she is simply grateful to be used by God.

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