Sunday Devo: God Moments





God moments, are those moments in your like where you can truly look back and see that God has taken cause all the things in your life to work together for your good. Like Joyce Meyer once said, God can do more for me in one moment that I can do for myself in my entire lifetime. 



I know that one "Yes" from Him, changes everything. One word from Him can change everything. Proverbs 16:9 says: We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. When God orders our steps, He takes even the hard, difficult, not so pretty pieces of our lives and works them into something beautiful. The thing is, when God orders our steps we have to surrender and be willing to follow us wherever He takes us. 



At first, that may sound cool because we think about all the amazing places God will take us and we get excited (as we should, I don't know about you but I'm really excited about seeing what God has planned for my life) however the more you think about it, it may become a sobering thought because we realize that God may cause us to walk through some difficult places en route to the amazing places. 



For example:



The psalmist? He walked through the valley of the shadow of death, but He knew God was with him to cover, lead, guide, and restore him.



Esther? She took that risky walk to the the throne of the king without being summoned, which meant she was risking her life. But look what God did, He used her to save the jewish people. 



Jesus? Well, He took that walk to the cross to die for us and our sins. Isaiah 53:4-7 says: Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.



There are so many other people in the bible whose lives we could look at as well, but one thing remains the same. They knew that following God meant meant surrendering and following Him wherever He lead them. On the good days, and the bad days. Up the mountain, but through the valley. To the promised land, but through the wilderness. Never easy, but always worth it. 



Sometimes, we might allow fear to creep in...and attempt to run from this walk. 1 Kings 19 talks about how Jezebel sought to kill the prophet Elijah, and he was scared and ran for his life. Verses 9-14 says: There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied again, “I have zealously served the lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 



and God told Elijah to leave the place that he had run to, and continue doing the work that He had for him to do. Just like with Elijah, I'm thankful that even when we get scared God will get our attention and call us out of the places that we may attempt to hide. He tells us to keep going and press on with His work, and for that I'm grateful. 



So this morning, no matter where God has you, keep going! Your current location is not your final destination. Press on! Amen.




I write and read these devotionals every other Sunday morning, during WBRU's (95.5FM) morning gospel show. Be sure to tune in!



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