Daily Devotional – 6/15/16 “Read the instructions!”

Trust God

Have you noticed that every time you buy something, that requires your attention, it comes with instructions? Think about it. If you buy uncooked food, it comes with instructions on the packaging or the can. When you buy electronics, they come with instructions on how to set it up. When you buy appliances, household items, etc. they come with instructions. A book shelf, it comes with instructions. You get my point. However, what you don’t get is this … if you fail to follow the instructions, you sometimes make things harder than what they are. It doesn’t matter if you’ve cooked rice for 15 years, sometimes you need to refer back to the instructions. Yea, you cook pancakes every Saturday yet sometimes you have to look at the instructions just to see how much water goes in. That’s why it’s important to keep the instructions. Yes, I know you can do it on your own. You got this. How hard can it be, right? But that’s until you’ve spent 3 hours on something that should have taken 15 minutes. My point is, God has given us instructions and although we think we can navigate the road of life by ourselves, it’s harder when you try to do it alone. Now, what was supposed to take 4 days has now taken 4 years and you’re trying to understand why. We want to question God but in reality, it isn’t Him. When was the last time you actually studied the instructions of God? When was the last time you dusted them off and opened it? When was the last time you followed them?

I don’t know about you but life is hard enough, without anything else added to it. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 8:33, “Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.” Yet often times we do ignore it. Proverbs 19:20 says, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Yet we think we know it all. When the fact of the matter is, you can never get too much instruction. Every time you read the bible, you see something differently than you did the last time. It’s not because the word changed but it’s because, the more you read; the more spiritually in tune you become which then allows you to understand more. And it’s then you begin to see things differently. When you understand, you don’t give up like you used too, you now hold on to God’s unchanging hands. You used to get angry and shoot off but now you’re slow to speak. You used to think God was ignoring you but now you have patience to wait on Him. You used to think the world was against you but now you understand it’s just a temporary moment that’ll fade. This change happened because you referred back to the instructions. And now your waiting period is shorter and you understand the reason for your storm. It’s now you read the instructions and comprehend and you realize it’s not so bad. Please know this …“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17”

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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