Almost four years ago, I was in Maryland pretty much hating every minute of my job as a Middle School Science teacher. My mom knew that I was not content with where I was in life and that I wanted a change of job and location. She sent me a page out of The Upper Room daily devotional with a little blurb about following God’s plan. That days story was written by a teacher who also did not like her job, but was supposed to be there anyway, according to God’s plan for her. Well, I have kept that devotional and I happened to look at it yesterday. Maybe for the first time I noticed the devotional that was from the previous day titled “Because God Said So.” I am going to retype it out below for you and then explain why it touched me.
Here are the words of LaTonika L. Johnson from the April 2008 edition of The Upper Room:
You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. Romans 8:15
Think back to your childhood. Who was the one person you could always count on to keep promises? When I was a child, I could count on only a few people to do what they said they were going to do. One of those people was my grandmother. If she made a promise to me, I could rest in the assurance that she would do what she promised.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that even as adults we have Someone who always keeps promises? God promises never to leave or forsake us, which means that God is taking care of us. Even when we may not see the fulfillment of those promises in front of us, we can rest in the assurance that our blessings are on the way because God said so.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the assurance that you will never leave us or forsake us. Give us childlike faith, so that every day we can remember that you keep your promises to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
There was no valid reason for me to read this yesterday. I was at a Bible study for the first time and there was a little lull in the discussion so I flipped to the back page of my Bible and found the devotional. I read the one my mom sent me and then flipped it over and read this one. The only valid reason to read this was that God wanted me to read this yesterday.
As you probably know I am raising financial support to be a missionary in Germany. My goal is to get there in September of this year. Sometimes I get discouraged at the lack of change in my support, or the lack of meetings set up, or the fact that I have no idea where this support is going to come from. This little two paragraph devotional reminded me that if it is God’s plan He will provide. I have zero doubt that this is God’s plan for me. I believe He has promised this to me, now I have to act on that belief and go about every day doing all that I can to find the people God has called to be a part of my team. I know they are out there somewhere, I just haven’t found them all yet!
Do you believe God has promised you something? Are you frustrated that it hasn’t happened yet? Like the devotional says, God keeps His promises to us. It might not be in the time frame that we want, but it will be in the time frame that is best for us!