If God Is in it, I Can Rest

If God Is in it, I Can Rest

August 18, 2017

“Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38-39 (NIV)

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I felt God in the details from the beginning. It was hard work, but I was grateful to do it. I did everything I was supposed to do, but it didn’t turn out the way I hoped.

Have you ever been there?

You’re doing everything you feel Jesus has called you to do. It’s a mix of messy and beautiful, and you’re OK with that. You love the times you sense God doing something powerful, but there are times you work as hard as you can, and it doesn’t turn out the way you think it should at all.

That can be discouraging, to say the least.

In today’s passage, we find Peter and the apostles in a hard place. Despite their faithfulness, they have been jailed and beaten many times. They are human, so there are discouraging moments. Yet each time they are released, they go right back out and do what Jesus asked them to do.

At one point, their dogged persistence troubles the authorities. They meet to discuss their fate. That’s when Gamaliel, a respected member of the community, speaks up:

“Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39).

If it is from God, you will not be able to stop them.

What if I looked at my assignments from God differently?

Whether loving a child, leading a ministry or investing in a relationship, if God is in it, then we can rest in it. Success isn’t measured by challenges, our hard work or even the results.

If we know God has asked us to do something, that’s sufficient. All He wants is for us to do our part. We can trust He’s doing His. We might not see the eternal impact, but He does.

There will always be a mix of messy (our feelings, critical people, a desire to see immediate results) and faith as we follow Jesus. We might think it should be easier. We may believe it should bring us joy all the time. We might even equate off-the-charts results with pleasing Him. On days like that, we need to remember this:

If it is from God, you will not be able to stop [her]. Not because of us, but because of Him.

We can rest in what God’s asked us to do, from beginning to end. We’ll do our best. We’ll be faithful. When we complete that assignment, we’ll start listening for the next. We keep loving. We keep our heart attuned to His voice. We don’t allow results or challenges to rob us of the joy of partnering with Him.

If God is in it, and we know that to be true, we are free to simply show up and do our part. After all, God is in charge of the results.

Heavenly Father, You invited me to partner with You, and I’ve made it all about the external. I’ve wrapped it around feelings or results or what I think it should look like. I shift the focus back to You. If You are in it, that’s enough for me. Thank You for allowing me to partner with You in Your plans. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Corinthians 1:25, “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” (NLT)

Job 42:2 “I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.” (AMPC)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
The disciples didn’t allow discouragement to dictate their destiny. How can you follow their example?

Pray and ask God to help you focus on what He’s asking you to do. Complete that assignment. Then shut the door on that assignment, and listen for the next.

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  1. Thank you Suzie for this message. I have a tendency of praying over something then I rest it, I leave God to do his work. Be blessed.

  2. There’s actually a word for that: iconoclastic.

  3. Thank you for this devotion. Too many times I let the “external” steal my joy or at the least distract me… I am praying this prayer from the heart this morning.

  4. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your caring, impactful words! This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning, Suzie. I gave my prayers to Him before going to bed last night and awoke to your encoraging devotional. Please include prayers of improved health for my courageous grandmother and all those we seek healing in your name. Amen

    • Lord, today I stand with Anna. I pray that she is encouraged and strengthened. Thank you for this grandmother who she loves so much, but who you love even more. Let your presence be real in the room where she is right now. Bring her joy as she reaches for you and senses you close. In Jesus’ name.

  5. Very nice and encouraging message.

  6. Thank you, this was encouraging!

  7. This snippet from a radio sermon was my lifeline though a hard parenting season:
    God doesn’t call us to succeed. I calls us to obey.

    • This snippet really takes the pressure off if we truly allow it. My son often says something a lot like that. He says with confidence ” I have done what I was supposed to do, the rest is up to God” and he leaves it at that. Though I must acknowledge that it is much easier to stand in this fact when the situation does not involve someone with whom you are so personally and emotionally connected to, such as your child. I tend to circle a situation like a lion circles it’s prey and feel starved, exhausted and stressed until the situation changes. Switching between Your will to begging & pleading and back again. This often can lead to eventually walking away feeling defeated. Still saying “Yes, your will Father, but not having any peace. I must quit giving God my instruction on how something should go and do what I am instructed to do and leave the rest to Him.

      • I am right there with you Donna when the situation is personally and emotionally connected. I have a son who has battled addiction, went to rehab and was doing well (3 years)during that time I prayed, supported, and encouraged his treatment, however he has recently relapsed. He says he will quit, and get help and I know he doesn’t want this lifestyle but says he becomes so depressed and withdrawn that it helps him. I offer to pay for treatment, encourage him to go to meetings, or church and pray that God will guide him, but I’m desperately afraid for him and I also switch back and forth trusting God will guide him and not seeing results then switching to begging & pleading sacrificing anything for my son. I must stop being lukewarm in my faith, just as I am heartbroken about my son our heavenly father must feel the same about me.

        • Lord, ignite the joy in this mama’s heart — not over her son’s relapse, but over your love for her son. You hear this mama’s cry. You have marked this man for your purpose. Cover him today with your love. Show him that he can get back up, with your help, and find his way “home” to you and to your plan for him. Your Word says that prayer is powerful and effective, and we believe that together, standing in that truth. Standing firm, taking a position of trust, in Jesus’ name.

      • Donna, your son is wise.

    • I love that.

  8. Thank you Suzie for this encouraging reminder. I have verse 39 marked in my Bible however, I have forgotten about this particular passage. I so needed to read your devotion this morning and read these scriptures again. ~Lisa~

  9. Thank you for this today.

  10. Perfect message for waking up to start a new school year today! The classrooms aren’t ready, the curriculums are new, and we are exhausted. But the kids will be blessed but those of us teachers following our calling, no matter how the classroom looks or how the activities go!

    • Dear Precious Laura, Thank you for being a guiding light to many little souls! May the Lord continue the good work He has begun in you. I pray that your school year will be blessed!

    • Praying for you, Laura, and for every teacher who is investing in a child (and a family).

  11. Good Morning,
    Over the past 9 years I have been struggling with my relationship with God. Recently, I have decided that I need to renew that relationship. One of the things I have been led to is this ministry and each morning I look forward to waking up and spending my first minutes reading, praying and reflecting on each message. This mornings message helps to remind me to trust God. However, the one thing that continued to stand out to me is… if God is in it… God will continue to bless, I know this, but I pray that I am doing the things God would have me to do… and not the things I think I should be doing.

    • Kathy, I can certainly relate! Seems this past year God has been focusing on teaching me how to endure and persevere, especially when the results are anything but what I think they should be. It’s been a struggle sticking with it, but I knew the Lord wanted me to continue. Everything is on His terms, not mine. Talk about refining!!! I, too, keep praying that I’m doing the things God would have me do, since I don’t seem to be doing what everyone else is doing. I argue with the Lord “why not???” and He always comes back with “it’s not for you now.” As you said “Trust God!”

    • What I do know is that God is in the midst of a journey toward a relationship with Him. He’s all in with you! Cheering you on as you reach for a Savior that is reaching back for you.

      Suzie

  12. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Wonderful words Susie! Much needed in this season of motherhood.

    • I was with my two daughters last night, who are in the heart of parenting little ones. “Was it like this for you, mom?” they asked.
      Yes, yes it was.
      Looking at them — adult, loving Jesus, strong — was a beautiful reminder of all the seeds that one day came to fruition. I couldn’t see it back then, not by a long shot, but I see it today.
      Cheering you on, Elizabeth as you shape the hearts of your children.

  13. Amen. Some of the best wisdom I’ve ever read. Thank you for this one!

  14. Thank you for sharing this today! Thankful the Spirit slowed me down to read this one. Thanks be to God.😇

  15. It feels great when you know you have done what God wanted and you see the positive results. Thank you for encouraging us to continue even when those results are messy and not impactful. God is still in control.

  16. Perfect for my day today.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for beautiful devotion for this morning!

  18. You have no idea how much I needed this today. Thank you for being obedient. Healing words for my current and future assignments.

  19. So very true! We expect positive results every time we do God’s will, but sometimes the results are not what we expect. Can you just imagine how the disciples felt each and every time they were arrested and beaten? Yet they continued to do God’s work and the gospel eventually spread throughout the world. Such an important lesson in faith. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Sarah Liddy says:

    Going on 2 weeks now my family hasn’t eaten out (fast food), other than one occasion for life group at church. At first I was very apprehensive and didn’t think I (we) could do it as a family, but with God’s push and encouragement it’s happening and I don’t feel the need as much. I have made it important to pray often, and put God in the center of all things in my life and to ask Him for guidance in all decisions made.

    • What a fun thing to do as a family. I love cooking and yet it’s a challenge to figure out how to do that easily and well. Cheering you on in this new challenge!

  21. A great message this morning! I have several things weighing on my mind concerning my adult children. I will pray, knowing that God is in it. My worry is that my children don’t have “God in it” in their lives. I was once told that God hears the prayers of a mother louder than others;-)
    This gives me peace.

  22. Thank you so much Suzie. I am right in the middle of what I believe God is leading me into, and there truly are many moments of discouragement. Yet I soldier on because I simply can’t not! I appreciate the encouragement to rest and let Him take care of the outcome…good to know that I am not in this alone! Lisa

    • You are not in it alone. As one other woman said in this thread, the disciples had to hold on to this when they were beaten for their testimony. I love the image of them walking out of prison, their bodies sore and bruised, but their spirits raised high as they praised God. They did all they were supposed to do, and the rest was up to God.

  23. Gail Durnell says:

    Please pray for me and my marriage.as I’ve made some mistakes that might cost me my marriage as I’ve let my finances get me in trouble as I can’t pay my bills and with my husband and son having health issue I’ve had along going on so I’ve ran into a little bind .and the more I try to do the more I seem that I’m getting deeper and deeper in a hole.please pray for us as I feel like giving up and Satan try to tell me that I’m not worth living for as I love my husband and son more then anything in this world.but I know this is a rest from God so I’m begging him not to give up on me but to please send help to me .Thank you for praying for me as I do believe in the power of prayer.Thanks Issie Durnell

    • Praying for you! God is good and nothing can separate you and your family from Him. Hang in there.

    • Stephanie says:

      I pray Dear God that Gail will find her rest in YOU Dear God. I pray that You will cover her and fight her battles for her so that Your Glory may be seen. Thank you for the strength that you’ve given Gail in Jesus name. Amen
      Psalm 91

    • Lord, you said in James 1:5 if we ask for wisdom you’ll happily give it. I pray for wisdom for your daughter. I pray she will seek godly counsel, and rest in you as she works to right this path she’s been on. Lord, there’s no condemnation for her, only encouragement as she bravely says, “Put my feet on a new path.”

  24. WE are in the middle of a tough transition. These words spoke right to me. Thank you

  25. I absolutely lovethis!

  26. Thank you for this devotional this morning, my prayer today is that I remember to put God first in all I do or say, because when God is in it, there is no limit to what can be accomplished, and I can rest assured it will all work out for my good…He’s just that kind of God, and we can surely rest in His wisdom concerning His plans for us…Be blessed my sister!

  27. this teally hit home for me. I have a learning dosability amd on top of that a lot of other difficulties happened this semester. taking graduate school classes has been frustrating. i am failing a course. this does not amdwer the question of what to do next, but it encouraged me not to give up my calling. God has used it to bless me by giving me much-needed encouragement. thanks

    • Kristen – Praying for you right now! I admire your perseverance and courage! I hope you find a study group, study partner, advisor, mentor or tutor to walk with you for the remainder of the semester. I have 2 children with learning differences. One became a “peer helper” in college and tutored others with learning challenges. She has many stories of students raising failing grades to passing grades (even A grades) with 1:1 help. The other will graduate from college in December. May God richly bless you on your path and show you the next steps. Be brave! You have worked very hard to make it this far. He will honor your efforts. Hugs!

  28. Love this! I put my trust in Him & ask Him to protect me from what is not from Him❤️

  29. I have been guilty of looking at the externals. But what I end up doing when the results don’t look promising to me is questioning if this is from God. And that is a great way for me to stop doing what he wants me to do. Thanks for this post.

  30. I’m being led to go do a mission trip to Sierra Leone Africa. Please pray because I have no way to do that and no clue where to even start. Please pray for my faith in God and that I have courage. Thank you.

  31. A great reminder for this middle school teacher as the new year begins!

  32. Jennifer Wyatt says:

    Thank you for these words- it spoke directly to what I was dealing with this morning. I’m teaching a Sunday School class for 8th grade girls and I know this is what God has asked of me but its definitely out of my comfort zone. Thank you for reminding me that it’s not about what I do but what Gods going to do. That just put my full focus back on the Lord and I’m so excited to see what He will do with these precious girls!

  33. beth warren says:

    We all want to see the external and eternal results but it is not necessary because if we do it for and with God it can only be good and since we know that we should not have to see. I always speak to the person serving me, checking me out, or maybe just in line in front or behind me….they may not have said anything but I always try and find an encouraging way to bless them…yesterday I had to make two phone calls about my charge acct that an item was charged to that the company who charged said was not so I reordered thus ending up with two (actually 3 on order) The young may at card company spoke very clearly but with a unique accent. So after him helping me (I always use their name so I may even ask them to repeat it at first) I asked him and explained it was just my interest but I was curious about his accent. He laughed and said he was from Nicaragua (not sure of spelling) but his family came to CA when he was 10. We had a lovely conversation and I realized I was probably holding him up to which he said no mam no one is waiting we can continue to talk….by the end of the call he was thanking me for taking time to talk with him and treat him with interest not just for his job. The second call I made the young lady was sweet right from the start and explained why the mistake had happened and even though it was corrected in computer she wanted to write herself a note for the case. I laughed and said you sound to young to need to write it down with pen and paper…she then laughed and said no I feel it is better to write it down than just type into computer. Since we both laughed when she asked if there was anything else she could do I said you have taken good care of me and made me laugh I am grateful and may you be treated with the same kindness and respect throughout your day. Sometimes listening and learning God’s word truly can make the smallest action make the biggest difference in the way your day goes.

  34. Thank you for sharing. I so need this reminder day in and day out as the challenges of motherhood weigh down on me. Am I doing this the right way? Why do I not see results after all of the prayer, blood, sweat, and tears, I put into this? Lord help me not to be distracted by the challenges or even the “results” that I see, and remember that I have been called to obey and let you be in control, for your weakness is stronger than my strength!!

  35. Mary Lou Palm says:

    Thank you so much for today’s devotional teaching about “If God is in it, I can rest!” Your insight really touched my heart and it was just what I needed! God will do what He says He will do!!!

  36. Remembering that God is in charge of the results is so important. Thank you for the reminder.

  37. Jill Collins says:

    Thank you for the devotion it hits home. I needed to hear. The results are not up to me and that actually opens the door for me to be free.

  38. Suzie, please know that your God-inspired words washed over my heart like a flood this morning. Thank you for your obedience and heart for the Lord.

  39. Heather Tribble says:

    Thank you for this! I am new to this but I have been praying a lot for God to help me get out of the life I feel so stuck in, living pay check to pay check, facing eviction, not able to keep food on the table, car payment behind, feeling always stressed and feeling that God was mad at me for something. I work up this morning and just thought maybe there was an online bible group I could join for little to no cost. The first think I saw was this site. I have hear of the ministry from K-Love which i listen to daily and thought it was what i was supposed to be looking at. So I am excited and hope to get the money to buy the book by he beginning and get started on this new journey in Life. I am so happy to be here and hop to form friendships as well:)

    • Jeannette says:

      Heather, I know how exhausted it can bee to live paycheck to paycheck I am going trough the same thing! Remember God is on your side he cares and loves you! He is our provider! I will be praying for you.

    • Heather, I’m so glad you found us. Welcome to this beautiful community of women from all walks of life. I know what it is to be your shoes. Lord, I pray for my sister today that you’ll show her the next step, that provision will come for food, for a warm place to sleep, and for a way to work. In Jesus’ name, we ask and trust.

  40. Thank you for this devotion. I needed to read these encouraging words today. Blessings.

  41. That is a great word, Suzie! I just had a lumpectomy & believe stress helped open that door. I am pacing myself differently even though there are SO many things to do with running a ministry in Haiti, having purchased a home & wanting to get it filled with furniture before we return, plus a list that is never-ending. Your devotional was timely & really ministered to me. God bless! Dana

    • Dana, I’m a 26-year breast cancer survivor. I was stage 2B and went through treatment and surgery. I remember that time, and one of the greatest gifts I received was learning what I could or could not do, and resting in a slower pace for a season. I am praying for many, many more years of a full life and lots of joy along the way. <3

  42. Janet McIntosh says:

    I love this message today. It is always good to be reminded Who is in charge and in Whose hands the results rest.

  43. MariposaLucia♥ says:

    I read this the first time and I said “ok I don’t get this post what’s the point of it” then I read the comments and I had to read it again slowly and it finally made sense. I might not like the results I have currently or circumstances but I am doing the best I can and I just have to keep trusting Him that he knows what he is doing.
    Thank you for the post this morning♥

  44. Oh My Goodness! This (as always it seems) was written for me for this very moment. I’ve worked at a church for 24 years and it has been messy and very hard the past few years. People ask why I don’t leave and my reply is ‘God has not released me yet’. Just because something is hard doesn’t mean we walk away. . . especially if seeking God in the process. I am not alone, He has been sufficient and so faithful as He promises to do. There has been peace in the turmoil. . . I hope this is an encouragement to others that when God is in it (and we let Him be in it and in charge of it) – we can release and rest in the process since it isn’t up to us . . . just that we obey where and what He wants of us. It isn’t easy by any means and I need constant reminders – like this devotion – to bring be back in focus!!

  45. Jane Johnson says:

    I try to believe that if God wants it to happen , He will. While I want to see the finished results that may not happen. I pray to not get discouraged and leave what God wants me to do, to be encouraging to others and wait. Amen.

  46. Suzie, thank you for sharing your gift and speaking to my heart.

  47. Thank you…it’s just what I needed to hear today…Praise God!

  48. Praise God for confirmation…thank you for posting. Blessings!

  49. Dear Suzie, your words have helped me so much!

    I’m 58 and struggling with ongoing divorce issues after a 33 year abusive marriage. Your post reminded me not only to completely put my trust in God but also to have the patience to accept his will – not mine. If I knew what was best – I would not have landed myself in this mess.

    I have faith that whatever changes come my way will be God’s plan for my family. The difficult part is having the patience to yield to God’s loving wisdom.
    ”Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

    Bless you,

    With prayer and our Lord’s help and guidance, we’ll be ok.

    • Janice, I’m so sorry for what you’ve walked through the past three decades. Praying that these next years are of discovery, of joy, and peace that cannot be taken from you. I love the verse you quoted. It’s powerful and one in which we can rest in those hard places.

  50. In December, I lost my best friend, who was like a sister, in a car accident. We spoke every day, and I miss her every day. This year has been unbelievably difficult work-wise, and my attempts at finding another job have been unsuccessful. Neither my husband nor I have family to turn to for emotional support, and most of our friends are distant or acquaintances. My husband is facing his own work stress, and becomes frustrated and upset when I try to talk about what I’m feeling and going through. I feel so alone, and I am really struggling to even believe in God right now. I feel like everything is hopeless.

    • Someone Who Cares says:

      C.S., I am no stranger to loneliness, I just prayed for you, that the Lord would renew your hope and send a Godly woman cross your path for mentoring and companionship. Nothing is hopeless. In Jesus name.

    • Lord, thank you for such courage and honesty to share her heart. I pray for C. S. You mourn with her. You walk through the valley of grief with her. You are her best friend, in the absence of this sister/friend who she loved so much. I pray that, in the midst of grief, there will also be You. Your love for her. Your joy in surprising places. Your gentle whisper that says, “Walk with me in this hard place, don’t hide or isolate.” In Jesus’ name, amen.
      C. S., I’m the author of today’s devo and I’m praying with you. I know what it is to walk through grief, and through hard places. The fact that you can share how you feel is faith. The fact that you reached out is courage. The fact that you aren’t afraid to share what you need is bravery. You are in a hard season, and one day it will be lighter. For now, I’m reaching with a huge embrace and lots of prayer and holding your hands up as we believe together.

  51. I prayed for deliverance from the situation we were in another state. A job appeared for my husband in Florida. I kept praying for the Lord to guide us and show us the path to take. Husband got the job. We are here. Its been beautiful and messy, like you said. I have continued to pray and make sense of the messy part. I tell myself that if this was not from God we would not be here, but we are. I am trusting the Lord while we are on this journey. And now I will rest trusting He is i it. I will leave it at his sweet feet and His will be done. I pray for my marriage, for my husband, for my lonely heart. Thank you for this today. <3

  52. Walking by faith and not by sight sounds like a nice idea until what we actually see isn’t what we would choose, yet faith urges us onward. Your message encourages me to just keep listening and not be discouraged or fearful. Thank you Suzie!

  53. pam bergman says:

    I am 69 years old and upon retiring, I felt the Lord nudging me to volunteer with a local youth organization which I have done the past year and a half. There have been many times I have been quite discouraged (trying to fit in and relate to kids the age of my grandchildren) and wanted to quit, but God has always given me the encouragment I have needed to keep going. And he taught me that this is not about me but about being in a relationship with them, even like a grandma, in order to show them how to draw closer to God and live for Him. In the summer I meet with a small group of girls (1-6) and we have a weekly Bible study showing them the Gospel and Jesus and how they fit into the story. Many weeks only one girl showed up but I was encouraged in the one to one time we had together. Today, 4 girls showed up, all good friends and typical 6th grade girls, talkative and giggly. I was feeling less than successful about the study today as I took them home. Then I came home and read your devotional Suzie and I felt it was written just for my situation today. I am not in charge of results, that is what God does. I just do my part by being available to be used by God in these girl’s lives! Thank you Suzie, for you words!

    • Someone like you is exactly who brought me to Christ, discipled me, and showed me love. I didn’t know how to thank those people back then, but I can tell you today that you are making a difference. Just being faithful, loving, and consistent is a powerful ministry in many teenagers’ lives. Thank you, thank you.

  54. Thanks for an encouraging devotional. I needed to read this today.

  55. Will God the Lord Jesus forgive me of everything I have done ignorantly to myself or others by omission or commission? My heart cries out everyday for myself and my children, children. Hoping to be reconciled with my savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Always desiring to live and abide in his holy word.
    Pray for me (us) as I always pray for you (others).
    Amen.

  56. Thank you for this! It’s so easy to let out trials cloud our calling. We dont have to be perfect because He is and he never fails.

  57. I am thankful God is helping me be faithful with each next right step. That I don’t have to see the full picture of how He will work out His promises He’s spoken to my heart for this ministry He’s crafting in my life in order to be faithful. I just have to honor the Spirit’s leading and be true to each next right thing He leads me in, like posting here, responding to my devotions, encouraging each person He brings me to… Baby steps in the Lord. It is not up to me to accomplish the fullness of God’s promises. That is His part. Mine is to let God be God & I’m to be faithful in following, coming along after Papa in each step as He leads. Not to rush ahead or tarry behind. But to walk in step, staying alert and invested so I can stay on course with Him.

  58. Up lifting message, I immediately prayed. I always need what you your devotions contain. What do you do though when you have no job or prospects, you are ill facing surgery, have one son starting college and one son left at home and are only getting $700 a month for that child still have mortgage other bills and doctor bills. You have been praying and waiting and now you are desperate. God is on no time clock, but sometimes you are. That is the situation my daughter is in. Help.

    • I will pray for you and your children dear Gail. Here’s a small suggestion concerning financial issues – this advice has been of great help to me when I was faced with similar problems – look up ‘Dave Ramsey’s Baby steps’ on line. His financial advice is Bible based and very down to earth.
      Don’t give up ((HUGS))

  59. Beautifully written. I am in a ministry team at church and will be sharing this devo. This is one to wake up to and read daily. Takes off any pressure from self and puts joy in serving. We get to watch God do. 🙂 Thank you! Well done.

  60. Thanks for this Suzie!
    This gave me a lot to think about! I’m also listening for my next “assignment”…or if this one is truly done. 😉
    Bless you!

  61. Thanks for that! I am new to here, but I have prayed a lot for God to help me get out of my life that I feel so stuck, checking my payroll, facing eviction, I can not keep food on The table, I always feel stressed and I feel God He is angry at me for something. I am working this morning and I thought there might be a bible group online that could join a little bit free of charge. First, I think I saw this place. I’ve heard about the K-Love service I hear every day and I think that’s what I should see. I also read some devotions on open heaven before I stublmmed here and it’s nice coming herw. So I’m excited and I hope to have the money to buy the book and start this new journey to life. I am so happy that I am there and I am also walking to make friends 🙂

  62. Nicole Benjamin says:

    Amen. This really blessed me. Reinforces the fact we are to GO and leave the results to God.
    Don’t grow weary… In due season you shall reap if you faint not.

  63. Thank you for this blessed devotional!
    I had a difficult week; I volunteer to give my ‘offerings’ as I do not have much for financial resources, I am Social (in)Security. I have an old motor home to enable me to do the volunteering. Well, this past week, in the middle of a volunteer stint, my older equipment was really put down, I was told it is ugly, not wanted to be seen at the volunteer site…and it stung! Yes, my motor home is 31 years old, but in decent shape especially for the age. Here I am, exhausted, in severe foot pain, giving my all with 12-15 hour work-days, and I felt like I’d been slapped in the face.

    This devotional blessed me, helped me understand/remember that my offering is to God, and He appreciates my feeble efforts, even when mankind does not. I am grateful for your words that helped turn my heart around from the wounding to praise to the Lord. Thank you! Blessings upon all who read this post.

    • Oh sister, I’m so sorry. Lord, thank you for the heart of this woman who just wants to serve you. You see her sacrifice. You see her heart to love you and love others. Lord, we are so human sometimes, but thankfully our shortcomings as humans do not reflect the way you love us. Today we give grace to this one who hurt De, and we lift our hands together and praise you because you have an assignment for De. Thank you for her faith, for her desire to love others, and for the courage to turn from her hurt to praise you. That is courage and that is beautiful. Amen.

  64. Thank you for this encouraging article. It comes at just the right time. I’ve felt the desire to write for 20 years and finally decided to attend a writing conference. I believe God put the desire in my heart for our purpose so I am picking up that assignment.

  65. Battling my own mind right now. I used to be so strong in the faith but I got caught up in doubt and fear and can’t find my way back. Am I forsaken when my faith is jarred? When no matter how hard I pray I end up back to Worry ?
    Need prayers right now. Started a prescription that gives me terrible insomnia and can’t find my way out. Desperate for Jesus right now.

    • Lord, I pray for my sister, Nadine. You promised a Helper to show us truth and to walk in it. Your truth is that Nadine is loved. That she is yours, and that there is no place she can go that she is beyond your redemption and love. Lord, I pray that as she reaches for you, that she feels you meeting her there. Faith is not perfection, but one step at a time as we follow you. We grow by inches. We grow by leaps. That is faith, imperfect and beautiful, as we keep our eyes on you. Praying for my friend, Jesus, but in faith knowing that you have marked her, that you love her, and that she is on her way back to your beautiful plan for her one day at a time.

  66. I read a couple days late, but wow I feel like this was written for me. Perfect timing too.

  67. Judy ireton says:

    I love the Bible verses! Thank you!

  68. Love this message, perfect timing! Can’t stop thanking God for always being with me and for talking even thru this way. God bless you.

  69. Thank you so much. This gives me insight into a situation related to my calling that has been nagging me for quite some time now. I have fallen prey to discouragement. Thank you for the insight and truth you shared.

  70. Thank-you for the message. When we are not sure, about what to do in life. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Do not lean on your own understanding. Before we take on any project. Please pray about it. The Lord will show you.
    I am a witness to this. AMEN

  71. Thanks for the beautiful devotional! It reminds us that God’s sees all of us when nobody else seems to care. I would love to read the book and learn more ! God bless you for the on time words and your ministry to help and encourage others !!! Thank You ~

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