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“Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:3

I grew up believing in my teen years that to be doing something for the kingdom of God, required me doing something (and I’m being completely honest here) huge and something that got people’s attention.

I needed to be impacting the thousands and no less. I needed to have a huge platform, and to be ministering publicity on a consistent basis. Boy, was I  wrong.

I look at my life now and realize that I’m still making an impact on this world, and just because it doesn’t look the way I thought it would, doesn’t mean it isn’t as important.

God blesses faithfulness, and if we can’t be faithful in the small things, we definitely won’t be faithful in the big things.

So commit everything you do to the Lord, because it’s important.

From wiping a snotty nose in the nursery class, to picking up kids on your church bus route.

From raising your kids, to taking a lost and struggling young person under your care and guidance.

From worshiping every service with your whole heart, to supporting your pastor.

Whatever this season of your life  requires of you, commit it to God and you will succeed.

God, take what I have today and use it for Your glory. Some days I don’t feel like I have much to offer, but I surrender it all to You today.

And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.”

The human race is fickle. We can be easily swayed in one direction or another, continually tossed about by every wave or wind that comes our way. We struggle with loyalty, and standing up for what is right and good, and most importantly – what is moral.

This isn’t something that is new though, as scripture tells us time and time again that Gods children wrestled with their flesh and keeping their eyes fixed on Him.

We oftentimes settle for what is good instead of what is best. The people in this story decided to worship idols that held no comparison to the glorious, ever-living God they knew.

What are your eyes fixed on today? Are you settling for something less than what God has for you? He only desires good for you, and loves you beyond words.

His plan for you is perfect, and there is safety in His will.

Take the time today to adjust your focus, and allow God to sit on the throne of your heart once more.

Father, I’m thankful that even though I can be tossed and swept away by the ever changing tides of this world, You are faithful and constant – and always willing to forgive.

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

Jesus told His disciples that He would answer every prayer that they prayed in faith. That same promise is for us today. But, I believe, that we must ask the Lord to direct our prayers in the right way. The Lord knows better than we do what is best for us. I read something in a friend’s blog a week or so ago that meant a lot to me: “God sometimes answers our prayers by giving us what we would have asked for had we known what He knows.”

One thing we can be sure of: God always answers our prayers. It may not be the answer we are looking for, but it will be what is best for us. Another quote: “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” Like the Lord prayed in the garden, we need to pray that His will be done, not ours. He knows our past, present, and future, and we can safely trust that His way is best.

Prayer: Lord, I do not always understand the way you answer my prayers, but I trust that everything you do is for my good.

Devotion by Anne Johnston