Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: Trusting and obeying God without worrying

Don't Worry About The How
A devotional by Monique M. Anderson

“This is what the Lord says: This dry valley will be filled with pools of water! You will see neither wind nor rain, says the Lord, but this valley will be filled with water. You will have plenty for yourselves and your cattle and other animals.”
 –2 Kings 3:16-17 (NLT)

Am I the only one who reads the Bible and starts talking back to it like you would to the television while watching a suspenseful thriller?

Once I was reading the story in 2 Kings chapter 3. The kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom had joined forces to fight against the Moabites. They traveled through the desert for seven days to forge their attack on the Moabite people. 

Along their journey, they realized they had no water for themselves or their animals. The one king who truly knew God, King Jehoshaphat of Judah, asked for a prophet of the Lord to help them. Prophet Elisha was called upon and only helped because of his respect for King Jehoshaphat. The other two kings were not faithful to God.

Elisha went to the Lord on their behalf, and the Lord said, “This dry valley will be filled with water! You will see neither wind nor rain, says the Lord, but this valley will be filled with water” (2 Kings 3:16-17).

This is the part of scripture where I interrogated the Bible. I asked God, “But how, Lord? How will you provide a dry desert with pools of water without evidence of its arrival?”

How often have you asked God for help and wondered how He would help you? Perhaps your questions for God sounded something like: How are you going to do this? How are you going to save my child? How are you going to heal me? How are you going to provide?

You may ask these questions especially when you see no evidence in sight.

God may have confirmed to you that He will do it. He may even have assured that you will have victory in your situations as he did for Elisha in 2 Kings 3:18 (NLT), which reads, “But this is only a simple thing for the Lord, for he will make you victorious over the army of Moab!”

However, the instructions he gives provide no answer as to how God will do what He said He will do. Has God ever given you instructions for a problem that made no sense to you? Does the confusion still make you question Him? Even in the steps He gives us, we still can't see how things will work out. The “how” is not our business, the work is. We need to dig the ditch and prepare for our victory, just like it says in 2 Kings 3:16 NKJV: “And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’”

By obeying God's strange request, the Israelites did not only quenched their thirst, but they sent their enemies into confusion and defeat. When the Moabites arrived at the Israelite's camp, the Israelites attacked, chased them back into their land and destroyed them.

Once God has quenched your thirst and given you victory, does the how matter? You know that it couldn't have been anyone but God. You want to know how He does it, supernaturally, with all power and authority. Therefore, don't concern yourself with the “how” of the matter. Just be obedient.

Remember who God is and give Him the glory.

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for taking care of all things. Thank You for not just meeting my needs but exceeding them as well. I am thankful in knowing that because it is in Your hands, I don’t have to worry about how it will get done. I trust that You will provide and give me the victory. I trust You Lord, and praise You for the provision. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “Victory” by Yolanda Adams. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Monique M. Anderson is a writer, creator, wife, and bonus mom. She was born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, where she still resides. She released her always present yet hidden talent of writing to the masses in June 2019.

Monique always felt like God was chasing after her but was never ready to surrender. Finally, she reached a point in her life when things started going left, and she no longer felt in control. At this point, she was ready to hand over the reins to God. After forming her relationship with God, she always felt compelled to share the revelation’s that His Word gave her. She felt The Holy Spirit prompting her to write but was afraid of what people might think. So, her writing started in her journal. The journal turned into a book and the book into a blog.

Her obedience provided more opportunities. In late 2021, Monique became a partner with the notable YouVersion Bible App as a Content Creator. With her first Bible plan debuting in December of 2021, she will continue to provide content for the app as long as God allows her to.

In 2021, God revealed her prophetic gift and how He wants her to use it. Monique always felt compelled to pray for others but had no idea God would use her in this way. Through this gift as a prophetic intercessor, she’s not just writing about what God can do but showing what God can do.

Since God has shown her who He created her to be, she now feels it is her life’s work to help those taking their first steps in their walk with Jesus Christ. She is doing so through her blog, prayer, and soon-to-be-published works. She is excited to extend her reach to YouTube, podcasts, and speaking engagements soon.

Her blog is the stepping stone to fulfilling the vision God gave to her: “Sharing God’s revelations so we can all better reflect his image and fulfill His purpose.”

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