Check out excerpts from my friend D. Andrews in San Diego, is God enough?
Good Morning Ladies (and few gents),
Today’s devotion included below “Is God Enough?” is a reminder from GiG Sharon to, “Look at the future, as Ruth did. She saw only God and continued moving forward. Ruth, believed that God is enough.”
The obvious, the threat of COVID-19 has dramatically affected nearly every area of society. And to follow government guidelines for "social distancing," many churches shut their doors for the first time in the history of our country. But in case you failed to see the correlation, this would not be the first-time followers of Jesus huddled in their homes. We know that in the hours after Jesus was put to death, his followers were terrified.
Today, while many “leaders” openly profess their devotion to Christ, the disciples had every reason to believe the same secular and spiritual leaders who had conspired to put Jesus to death would soon be coming for them as well. So, I reckon in those moments, Peter, James, John, and the other disciples may have forgotten the promise Jesus gave them only hours earlier and the same promise he gives us today:
32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33 NLT
In an era of Coronavirus aka COVID 19, are we feeling like those first-century disciples? If so, remember this, My second reminder came by way of a text message intended to encourage me and I’ve been given permission to share.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.”
I was reading this today and praying for you. I find part of it humorous and powerful! The writer is like ... where does my help come from — The Lord — oh you know — The One who made the heaven and the earth! Yeah, that One!
Same One who is watching over YOU! The same One who will NOT let your foot be moved in the midst of chaos! The same One who will not let your foot be moved in the midst of anxiety or fear! The One who guards you and those you love most! The one who provides and protects you and all you hold dear. The One who knows and sees your every struggles. The One who hears your cry and answers you. The One who knows your every need. The One who multiplies loaves and fishes. The One who heals the sick. The One who knows every detail of your future and the future of those you love and serve. The One who suffered, bled and died so You might live. The One who resurrected from the dead and is alive and seated at the right hand of Power today! Yeah, that One. He is your HELP! Oh, and if you’re worried, He might doze on the job — oh yeah — THAT same God who made heaven and earth, He doesn’t need any sleep and He doesn’t sleep! BOOM. Love you!
GiG, maybe you’ve been going about your days half-heartedly forgetting the mission and commission given by the “Maker of Heaven and Earth.” Let’s dust off the distractions, disappointments, and perceived dangers and rest in His righteousness.
May we be encouraged to exercise our faith and practice consistency because “small disciplines repeated with consistency lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” Don’t be surprised if you’re challenged this week to not be consistent because we don’t always see the changes or the pay-off to our actions while we continually do the little things but believing that they will lead to where we want to go is what must fuel our actions to consistently press on.
Here’s a secret we’re not supposed to know—Satan wants to stop God’s people from becoming consistent with our actions.
God’s Got It…so we can BELIEVE—connecting our desired outcome to God’s values or purpose helps push us to take that one small step that can lead to consistency. That’s living Kingdom-minded.