Devotional 8/22

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

What you do for God, and for his honor and service, shall not be overlooked, or go unrequited.
Joseph Benson

I learned a quote by John Lennon, back in MySpace days which still resonates with me today: ‘life is what happens, while we are busy making plans’. Yes life happens, but all that happens to us is with God’s permission. The Lord is not ever surprised by our journey. And while we can experience disappointment, trauma, frustration or anger by the randomness of life, we will receive a reward if we do not give up. Scripture says, do not become tired of doing good because you will reap a harvest in the time it is due (Galatians 6:9).

Life is a journey, yet I have actually come to believe that life is a transaction: we reap from what we have planted. As a child I remember being my cousins personal therapist. I loved responding to people seeking advice on Yahoo Answers. And closest friends say that I never tell them what to do, but that I help them see themselves objectively. About 6 years ago, when I was in college, I printed an entire book on child welfare and family counseling; and during the first week of training for my new job, I found the 100 page print out. I was amazed that it would be the very information I needed for my new position. Some say it’s a calling, and it very much is… but I also believe I planted the seeds I am reaping now. See the source image

You may have planted like me, or may be planting as we speak, but have yet to see a harvest. I know some days are questionable. Should I keep tithing? Should I keep assisting church? Should I keep serving? Should I keep forgiving others? Should I even keep living?Being alive can feel like life is all work and sacrifice! Believe me I know!

We are not our bad days, neither are we the good days, but it is our business to speak positively into the day. Remember we reap what we sow. Prayers, praises and declaring scriptures is our spiritual seed. Using this seed is like making down payments in the spirit, so that God can complete transactions in the appointed time. While we wait for the harvest, God requires that we slow down and pay attention to the good around us. Our confidence in God, believing and relying on God will not result in failure or shame: but in a well deserve reward.

Take no shortcuts, God has already designed your path. Like when we get on the train or the bus: in order to get to our stop (our destination), we must go according to the bus/train route! We can fuss, fight, cry and even sleep on the way there- but none of this changes that we must go stop by stop! Before getting to God’s big picture for your life, God has to set you on the route to get you to your harvesting station. In the words of the late great Jim Rohn, ‘you do not reap in the fall because you need it, you reap because you deserve it. The reaping is reserved for the planters.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you that your Word is Truth. I believe that we can rely on Your Word, you said that if ye seek YOU, we will find YOU: if we draw close to YOU, YOU will come closer to us: If we search, we will find: and if we knock, the door will be opened. So I pray that we may wisely use the spiritual seeds you have given us, so that we may reap a plentiful harvest. May our lives be filled with love, generosity, praise and thanksgiving.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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