Daily Devotional – 11/19/15 “Trust God at all times!”

Don’t just trust God while you’re in your storm; trust Him before it comes and then when you come out. See, I’ve found that when you praise God before the storm, you are storing up prayers needed to help you through your storm. When you praise God while in your storm, you are storing up prayers for when you come out. Trust GodAnd when you praise God after you get out, you are letting Him know you are still grateful that He allowed the storm to come but it didn’t kill you! Please understand, your storm can be sickness but it wasn’t until death. Your storm can be addiction but it didn’t claim your family or your life. Your storm can be job loss but it shouldn’t take your joy. Your storm can be financial hardship but it shouldn’t negate the fact that God is your provider. I get it; your storm may be hard, the wind is picking up, the clouds are starting to turn dark and the rain is starting to pour but then what? I ask this question because, when it’s physically raining, your day-to-day operations don’t stop so why should your praise stop during your spiritual storm?

Still don’t get it? On the other day, here in the city, we were under a tornado watch. The winds were heavy, it was so dark outside you could hardly see and when the rain started, it poured; yet folk stayed at work, folk went to the nail shop (I did), folk continued their grocery shopping, folk went out to eat, folk went to the movies; their day didn’t stop because the storm was raging outside. Why? Because they had on their rain gear to protect them, they felt safe where they were and they trusted God through it. It’s the same when it comes to your spiritual storm. You’ve got to have your rain gear on (that comes from knowing whose you are and studying God’s word); you’ve got to believe you are in a safe place and you’ve got to trust God through it. Beloved, God isn’t going to place you into anything He hasn’t already equipped you for but you know this already, right? Then where is your praise? Where is your strength? Where is your joy? Don’t just praise God when you come out of your storm but praise God before you even go in (Lord, I trust you)! Praise God during your storm (Lord, I still trust you)! Then praise God when you come out (Lord, I trust you even more)! Praise God at all times that way when you call Him, He’ll know your voice. Don’t wait until the battle is over …

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

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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