Devotional April 6, 2017 - Do what you can and God will do the rest

Joshua 1 | Joshua 2| John 20:11-31 | Proverbs 8


Happy Friday eve everyone! I hope the week has been good for you all.

Been feeling a bit under the weather lately. Since the third week of March I have been dealing with a lot of congestion and sore throat. I don’t have any allergies that I know of, so I am not sure what is up, but I really need it to go away. So keep me in prayer.

We also have been staying over my in-laws this whole week because my a/c has not been working. So you can only imagine what a house of 8 adults, 2 toddlers and 1 baby might look like.

It has been quite the week, but despite it all, it has not been as bad as it seems. This types of situations try to get the best of us and at times it does, but we have to be able to learn and grow from these experiences. We also have to count our blessings, fully. I may not have a/c, but I have my family. I may not have a job, but I have air in my lungs. I may not have gotten the promotion, but I have a job.

Do you get where I am going with this? We have to look at the full scope of our lives and see the bigger picture. Not every part of our lives will go smoothly and according to plan, but does that mean that we are not blessed completely. No.

I am trying to grasp this concept myself and let me tell you, it is not easy. Like I mentioned in my recent journal post this week, I am a very structured and routine driven kind of guy, so if anything breaks the routine, I tend to have a full meltdown. Not all the time, but more often than not and this is something that I am trying to work on in my personal life.

I set out this year to post a video devotional (videotional), every weekend as well as write a daily journal of what I have been reading in scripture or of anything that has been taking place in my personal life. I started the year pretty consistent, but all of a sudden I missed a weekend videotional. All of a sudden I missed a day of writing in my journal. I am not going to lie, but I was frustrated. A part of me felt like I failed again. A part of me felt inconsistent and that was the last thing that I wanted to feel.

I remember speaking to one of my brothers in the church and he brought up my videotionals. I spoke to him about my recent struggle to get them out because of how busy life has been, but I remember him telling me. “Johnny, I know you set out to make a weekly devotional, but don’t push your limits. Work with what you have. If you can only produce 1 or 2 a month than let that be it. God can do more with those 1 or 2 videos than you can with the 4 you pushing to make.”

When he said that I felt a weight come off my shoulders. It was true. I have to make the most with what I have and leave the rest in God’s hands.

So, that is the attitude that I have every day. It is not that I am settling, but that I do my best and leave God with the rest.

One verse that really stuck out to me to day was in Joshua 1:9 “This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I won’t be discouraged. I won’t be afraid. For you are with me. Repeat that again.

Repeat that several times today and let that free you from any bondage or chains that the enemy has tried to tie you in, mentally and physically.