God Always Answers

Psalm 38:15

But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

Over time, our expectations about the speed at which people will get back to us have changed. Before the answering machine, we were dependent on snail mail or being lucky enough to call when somebody was available. Once voicemail became a thing the expectation changed to believing people would get back to us as soon as they could. Then came email, which dramatically changed the speed of business. In the early 2000s, texting became a widely adopted form of communication and has evolved to the point we can see when somebody is typing back.

It’s almost surprising when we don’t have immediate access to somebody nowadays. If a text message goes without a reply for ten minutes we assume something is wrong or off. We’ve adopted a mindset that people should be immediately available to us.

That same angst applies to how we communicate with God especially when we are asking Him for guidance, help, or healing. The waiting is hard and can produce fear and discouragement. We begin wondering if God is upset or angry with us and start doubting His love. We begin looking at our own life and actions and start to wonder if we’ve worked hard enough to earn His favor.

The same promise pops up multiple times throughout the Bible – God will answer us. The hard part is that it doesn’t say when or how. The Bible teaches that God works all things out according to His glory and our good. He’s an incredible loving Father who knows what’s best for us.

What these passages encourage us to take hold of is not that we should find hope in an answer, but in the reality that it is God who answers. We can all think back on times in our lives that he’s come through. Maybe there are even times that we didn’t get what we initially wanted, but we can see the clear purpose in the different answer. God will never fail us.


Thought for the day: What answer are you currently waiting on from God? Is your hope in the answered prayer or that God will answer you? What are some ways that God has come through for you in the past?

Prayer: God, help me to put my trust in you and not what you may provide me. Thank You for loving me and wanting what is best for me. In the seasons of waiting, allow me to see the purpose of each day.

A Guaranteed Promise

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. 

 Our Father God is a relational, loving God. This scripture is found in the Bible after the first temple in Jerusalem had been completed and King Solomon threw a week-long party. That party led to a walk of shame.

Perhaps what He is saying is that He doesn’t want a fancy building or our constant efforts (works) to impress, serve, or get close to Him. He wants our hearts. He wants our trust. He wants to hear from His children. He wants us to not call ourselves Christ followers, but to be Christ followers. Notice that this scripture points out the if/then equation.


If we humble ourselves (admit our need for the Savior), seek Him (crave His face, guidance, and goodness), and repent (stop doing, saying, thinking, and believing the things that lead to our own walks of shame) and call to Him, then He promises to hear us, forgive us, and heal our land.

That’s a sure deal – a guaranteed promise.

Throughout the Bible, He tells us the recipe for a healthy life is to believe and receive. When He speaks about healthy land, He is asking us to get right with Him and with others and to share His goodness with the people that don’t know Him. We have the opportunity to do His work alongside Him.

Every promise and prophecy in the Bible has been fulfilled in and through Jesus. His timing may not be the same as ours, but He does what He says He will do – every time.

We get things so out of order sometimes. We think we have to get our act together to experience the relentless and reckless love of God. That’s religion. Jesus calls us into relationship just as we are. In and through Him we will experience healing. In and through Him we will experience the fulfillment of the if/then equation. Humility isn’t the same as weakness. Humility is surrender and right-sized thinking.

Thoughts for the day: How have you already experienced the if/then equation with Jesus? What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for understanding our tendency to do the wrong thing. Thank you for fulfilling every promise you ever make. Forgive me for making that so complicated. Help me to let go of the chains of shame and begin to hold up my end of the deal. I humbly admit my need for you today and every day. Amen

God is With You

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

The first time the training wheels come off of a kid’s bicycle there’s often quite a bit of fear. As they watch the wrench take off the wheels questions like “What if I fall?” or “What if I can’t do it?” begin to be asked. The parent remains fearless. It’s not that the parent doesn’t see the danger, but they know something the child doesn’t—they’ll be running alongside them as they wobble down the road.

As we get older, risks, twists, and turns seem to be greater. An unexpected diagnosis from a doctor can cause us to be crippled by fear. A change in career path can bring as much anxiety as it does excitement. Entering a new relationship or becoming a parent reminds us of our own imperfections and we begin to worry about losing this great thing we’re just blessed with.

In this part of the Bible, Joshua was just given a tremendous opportunity. He was appointed to lead God’s people after the death of Moses. He was much younger, much less experienced, and was filling the shoes of somebody who was viewed as a hero by many. Understandably his first reaction wasn’t that of excitement. He knew the weight of what he was stepping into, and it almost stopped him in his tracks.

God then gave Joshua this promise. Don’t be afraid. Be strong. Be courageous. Not because He was strong enough, but because God was with him. Was he lacking in experience? Yes. Was this going to be the hardest job of his life? Yes. Were some of his hardest days ahead? Yes.

Even then, God told him that he had no reason to fear. God was going to be running alongside him for his first wobbly days in leading. Joshua had reason for confidence, not because of who he was, but because of who was with him.


Thought for the day: What causes you fear and anxiety in your life? What about that thing is scary? What are some other times in your life that God has been with you when you were afraid?

Prayer: God, thank you for always being with me. In the times that I am afraid or anxious, remind me that I’m not alone and that you’re for me. When I’m strong, allow me to see that you’re my strength. When I’m weak and wobbly, allow me to see that I am strong with you.

He Will Be With You

Deuteronomy 31:8

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” 


These encouraging words come from a section of the book of Deuteronomy where Moses is giving instructions to the people of Israel before they go into the Promised Land. The people are assembled by the Jordan River and Moses is recounting how God has led them out of the land of Egypt and protected them in the wilderness. The people of Israel had stood at this same place 40 years earlier. At that point, Moses had sent 12 men across the Jordan to spy out the land. When they returned, 10 of them gave a report of all the dangers in the land; “the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large” (Numbers 13:28). Oh, and there are giants in the land. Two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua, reported that the land was flowing with milk and honey and that they should go into the land because the Lord was with them. But the Israelites did not go forward; their fear kept them from the promises of God.

Now here they are again 40 years later, and Moses is preparing Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the land God had promised them. What has changed? Not the risks. The people who dwelled in the land were still strong, the cities were still fortified, and there were still giants in the land. Why were Joshua and the people of Israel ready to go forward into the land that God had promised? They had seen God go before them for 40 years. They had experienced God with them; He did not leave them or forsake them, even when they made mistakes. God was faithful and they could trust Him.

We may not face challenges like the people of Israel as they entered the Promised Land, but like them, we may still be afraid and apprehensive. Like the people of Israel, we have God’s promises to rest on. He will not forsake us or leave us, and He goes before us. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Thought for the day: What about you? Do you have challenges ahead and you know you should move forward but are afraid? Today’s verse says, “Do not fear or be dismayed.” Why? Because He has promised to be with us and to never leave us or forsake us. In whatever problems we face, we can trust God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to trust You. Help me to remember Your promises when I face trials and I am afraid. I know that You are with me and that You will never leave me. Thank You for your promises. Amen.

Be Still

Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Be still. For some of us, that can be difficult and scary so we fight it.

This scripture was written long before Jesus came on the scene in the flesh and blood. Moses was talking to the people of Israel while standing at the edge of the Red Sea and being chased down by the Egyptians. He was facing a seemingly impossible situation to be still in.

In today’s terms, Moses was telling the Israelites to chill out, God’s got a plan. I don’t know about you but if I was standing at the edge of the impossible and fleeing from captivity, I hardly think I would be able to be still. I would freak. I do sometimes freak.

The truth is that God knew they were going to be free and that being free did not mean an absence of difficulties or challenges. He designed those steps and He knew that He was about to do the seemingly impossible and part the Red Sea so that His people would walk through it unscathed.

How is this relevant today? Some of us have this idea that following Jesus means we won’t run into challenges. Spoiler alert: following Jesus is not the absence of Red Sea moments where we want to freak out when we feel trapped or out of options.

Perhaps your own personal freak out moment looks like anxiety, attempts to control, moments of doubt, and feeling like God has abandoned you. Maybe you wrestle and fight against God’s plan and will for your life like a two-year-old wrestles nap time.

Like a parent who pushes for what is best for their two-year-old, He can see what we cannot see and knows what is best because He loves us. We forget all of the battles He has already fought and won on our behalf. When we choose to believe His word, we see that no battle or circumstance is too big for Him. Moses goes on to remind the Israelites of how God has already provided a way by recapping their history and the insurmountable giants that they have already faced… and won.


Allowing the what-ifs of anxiety, doubt, and a false sense of control to steal our faith only leaves us feeling defeated and maybe even hopeless. The Bible says that if our trust is in Jesus, the challenges and troubles we face today still serve to build endurance, character, and hope. Read Romans 5:3-4. The Bible is full of not just advice, but truth.

Thought for the day: On a scale of 1 to 10, what’s your level of chill and be still when it comes to trusting Jesus in all things? Have you forgotten about the ways that God has already provided a way out of the most seemingly hopeless situations?

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You truly make a way for us each and every day. Thanks that You do not leave us or abandon us in a place of no way out. You are the way out. You are the still in the midst of the storms. Remind me of that today and every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Take Heart

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Look around you for a minute. Does everything feel 100% safe? This life is full of risk. There’s risk that we’ll fall, risk that we’ll get sick, and risk that we might lose something or someone we care about.

In this verse, Jesus states this truth: “In this world you will have trouble.” There it is. By living our life, we must accept that bad stuff is going to happen from time to time. That’s the way it is.

Aren’t you glad that he didn’t end his point there and walk away? Thankfully, he keeps going. He says: “Take heart.” Don’t lose faith or be discouraged. “I have overcome the world.” Jesus is saying, things have to be the way they are right now but listen close… this is all going to change. I’m going to fix it all.

The Book of Revelation tells the end of our earthly story and the beginning of eternity with God. It talks about how, in the end, God comes back and makes everything right and good.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 2:3-4)

Thought for the day: Do you have trouble? Are you in pain? Have you lost something or someone important? Do you have fears and anxieties? Jesus is saying to you today: “Take heart. I have overcome the world.” Someday, Jesus is going to wipe every tear from our eyes and the old order of things is going to pass away.

Rejoice! Take courage as you walk through this life. This world is not our home. Our hope is in Heaven and in the great day of our Lord Jesus when all will be made new. And even better than that, Jesus promises to be with us through our lives. One of the last things Jesus said to his disciples was: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).

Take courage. Take heart. Jesus has our back and he’s not letting go. Won’t you lean on him as we look towards heaven?

Peace-Devo-9.21Prayer: Jesus, sometimes this life is so hard. Be my strength when life doesn’t go my way. Please help me to have hope in the future You will one day create. Please lead and guide my life and give me courage to face life’s challenges and honor You. Thank You for being with us and for Your plan to make everything new. Thank You for holding me when I feel lost and alone. Amen!

No Practice, No Peace

Philippians 4:9
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Have you ever gone to a seminar or class to learn something new (maybe to lose weight or make money buying real estate, as examples), and then not put anything you learned into practice? Information alone without putting into practice what you learn, receive, or hear will not lead to changed behavior. That is the focus of today’s teaching by the Apostle Paul.

James, Jesus’ half-brother, also taught about the importance of putting into practice the teachings from God’s word. James 1:22-25 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man that looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”

The blessing mentioned in today’s verse is experiencing God’s peace, which is available to you 24/7.  Too often, we expect or wait for God’s blessings without being obedient. We must trust Him completely with our life by putting into practice what He asks us to do.

Peace-Devo-9.20Thought for the day: It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The same is true for spiritual growth. Information without application does not lead to transformation, which is a big word for a changed mind and changed behavior. The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  

Are you experiencing God’s peace? Are you renewing your mind and changing your actions through putting God’s word into practice on a daily basis? As you reflect on your life and today’s verse, if you are not experiencing His peace, today would be a great time to spend time in prayer with God and to commit to following Him and trusting Him completely.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me just as I am, and not as I should be. I desire to experience Your peace. Help me to trust You completely with my life and to put into practice what You ask me to do. Amen.