God In The Small Stuff

How are you at keeping “God in the Small Stuff?”

Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the ways of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people never fully committed themselves to following the God of their ancestors.
– 2 Chronicles 20:32-33
 

Thoughts:
Jehoshaphat’s father, Asa, was a stubborn man who refused to admit his failures because of sin. When God’s angel confronted him, Asa went into a rage, rationalizing his mistakes instead of recognizing them and moving on in repentance. When his son, Jehoshaphat, came to the throne, he learned from his father’s mistakes, at least in some aspects. When the people needed religious education or there was a threat of war, Jehoshaphat turned to God for guidance and made the right choices. He relied on the Lord for the big stuff, when the odds were clearly against him. However, when it came to depending on God for guidance about everyday plans and actions, Jehoshaphat failed. We can repeat Jehoshaphat’s error when we relegate God to the background in the mundane, daily stuff or the “easy” decisions of life. God wants us to give him not only the major problems and decisions we face but also the “small stuff” of life, the things we are most often fooled into believing we can control. Although you may not be facing anything major today, have you paused long enough to give your day—including the small stuff—to God?

Prayer:
LORD, let me not neglect spending time with you and take for granted the love and provisions you have daily for my life. Keep me from making the same mistakes Jehoshaphat made. I need your guidance just as much in the “easy” days as I do when I’m facing difficulties. I desire to prayerfully come to you, trusting in your control and sufficiency for each day.

“LET GOD HAVE YOUR LIFE. HE CAN DO MORE WITH IT THAN YOU CAN.”
– D. L. Moody (1837–1899)


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Trust

I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me.

– Psalm 13:5-6
 

Thoughts:
In the early verses of Psalm 13, the psalmist called out to God and heard nothing in reply. What could he count on to carry him through that bleak moment? He reached deep within and pulled out memories of the times God had rescued him in the past, times he had his back against the wall and had seen the hand of God move. Times he had felt abandoned and later discovered that God had been working behind the scenes in ways that were miraculous? It was those memories that allowed him to sing of God’s goodness in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. The psalmist’s experience is much like a soldier crouched behind a barrier, gunshots and fire exploding around him, unaware that the general sits on a higher plain, mapping out the enemy’s next move. It is only when the smoke has cleared and the general’s plan is revealed that the soldier understands that he was never alone. Sometimes we may wonder where God is when we are in the middle of a battle, but it is the memory of past victories that allows us to sing while we wait for him to rescue us.

Prayers:
LORD, I can’t help but praise you when I remember all the times you have rescued me in the past. There were times when I felt alone and realized only later that you were there all along. I see your handiwork in those valleys as you gently guided me when I stumbled, held my hand, and lifted me to the mountaintops once again. Help me to trust you for what I am facing today.
 

“IT IS THE TRIAL OF OUR FAITH THAT IS PRECIOUS. IF WE GO THROUGH THE TRIAL, THERE IS SO MUCH WEALTH LAID UP IN OUR HEAVENLY BANK ACCOUNT TO DRAW UPON WHEN THE NEXT TEST COMES.”
Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)


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Pastor Randy’s Devotions 6/20/17

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

– Psalm 138:2
 

Thoughts:
When David Livingstone had to pass through the most dangerous country of the fierce native chief Mburuma and decide whether to furtively sneak through at night or go by day and risk being killed, he staked his life on the promise of Jesus’ presence in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go and make disciples of all the nations. . . . And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He wrote in his journal, “[I]t is the word of a Gentleman of the most sacred and strictest honor, so there’s an end on it!” Livingstone knew that God backs up his promises with all the honor of his name, so he proceeded in broad daylight, trusting in his Savior’s promise. God fulfilled his Word, and Livingstone made the crossing safely because the Lord Jesus was beside him, just as he said he would be. God’s promises are just as true and alive today for those who will pray them, trust them, stand on them, and walk in them.

Prayer:
THANK YOU, FATHER, for backing your promises by all the honor of your name. It is a mighty and powerful and trustworthy name! I give thanks to you for your unfailing love and faithfulness. Help me to move forward under your direction in the light of your unfailing and precious promises.
 

“GOD MAKES A PROMISE; FAITH BELIEVES IT, HOPE ANTICIPATES IT, PATIENCE QUIETLY AWAITS IT.”
– Unknown


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