Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Red – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Fear, Stress, Anxiety…these are a few of my least favorite things. There is this story about a guy who plays a sport. It doesn’t matter what the sport is. All that matters is that he has had one of the worst seasons in his career. At least to this guy, everything seems to be collapsing. Fans are really coming down on him and he himself is stressing with feelings of letting his team, family, and city down. At this point he begins to panic and he realizes that he is making things worse by doing so. The interesting part of this whole thing is that this athlete knows a God who loves him and has made a plan way before it has been executed. He knows that he ultimately has no control over the plan but only the ability that has been given to him. We all know how this story ends in the movies. The athlete has a horrible year but when the championship is on the line and the play must be made, he of course saves the day and gets the win. The fans believe in him once again and his team is holding him on their shoulders off the field. The reality is that we don’t always feel like God answers our prayers. We pray for the turn around and sometimes it doesn’t happen. Does that mean we stop having faith when we call on God? No, and that is where we get things wrong. We often forget that God’s plan is perfect even if sometimes the answer is no. That is where we let fear, stress and anxiety creep in. We lose faith. Faith allows us to be confident that God’s plan always has us in His favor.
Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, black copper kettles, and warm woollen mittens. I don’t know about you, but that devotional opening had me thinking of the Sound of Music. Call me crazy.
Have you ever prayed for something and not gotten the result you wanted, when you wanted? We tend to forget that God has a plan for us and knows how things will play out in our lives. He also knows what our lives would be like if everything we asked for was given to us. You have to learn to trust His plan for your life. It certainly isn’t easy. But who said anything in life that is worth anything comes easy?