Devotional February 21, 2017

Leviticus 12 | Leviticus 13 | Romans 13:8-14 | Romans 14:1-12 | Psalms 22

Hey everyone I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. Mine week has been very emotional to say the least. I started my Monday pretty typical, but to my surprise, I received a surprise visit from my colleague, Patrick. If you guys weren’t aware of what has happened to him, in early February he was found unresponsive for 15 minutes and he spend the last 2 ½ weeks hospitalized with what is to be known as Wolf Parkinson’s White (WPW). From what I know it be, it is a rare birth condition that has an effect with the rhythms of one’s heart. To give you an exact definition this is what Mayo Clinic defines it as, “A syndrome in which an extra electrical pathway in the heart causes a rapid heartbeat.”

God ways are different then are ways. We have heard this said many times, but can we truly trust his ways is the question. Can we truly accept his ways, is the question. Each and everyone one of us deals with detours in our lives, but it isn’t just a matter of accepting the detour, it is a matter of trusting and making adjustments.
— JS

To see Patrick walking, talking and 100% fully healthy and functional both physically and mentally is a miracle - he is literally a walking miracle. The testimony that he has is huge and I can only imagine what God has in store for him. My prayer is that he truly reflects upon this experience and realized that is what the almighty God that has given him life and ultimately a second change at it. My prayer is that he fully commits himself to Jesus and allows God to use this experience and testimony to help many others in his life.

God ways are different then are ways. We have heard this said many times, but can we truly trust his ways is the question. Can we truly accept his ways, is the question. Each and everyone one of us deals with detours in our lives, but it isn’t just a matter of accepting the detour, it is a matter of trusting and making adjustments.

Let me ask you this question and I want you to think hard about it. What if your dreams are not God’s dreams for your life? Are you ok with making adjustments to follow his will for your life? That is what I am talking about when I say that His ways are different than ours. Or what if your goals are not 100% fully is goals? What if he wants to just use a portion of it? Will you let him interrupt your dreams, goals and plans in order to fulfill his dreams, goals and plans that he has set forth before your existence?

These are questions that I am currently facing in my life. They are not easy questions to swallow, but questions that must be asked.

Let us commit to let go and let God today. Let us remind ourselves that our lives do not belong to ourselves, but to God. In reading Romans 14 7-9 I was reminded of this very thing when it said, “For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.”


Application:

What if your dreams are not God’s dreams for your life? Are you ok with making adjustments to follow his ultimate will for your life?