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19 April - Don't Get Bogged Down

I’m taking a break from my uni assignment to write this as I’m completing the referencing for an essay. Referencing is about getting the details of where you have sourced your information from and unfortunately, every full stop, capital letter and comma matters.

Details, I’m discovering, can easily cause you to feel “bogged down”, and if you are not careful, it can limit you from finding a solution or letting go so you can trust God to work through and in your circumstances.

Instead, we can go round and round in circles, going over and over the same conversations, arguments and problems and quickly feel overwhelmed and powerless to move forward. We can begin only to see the problem rather than a solution and God’s promises and power to move.

Rather than allow ourselves to become exhausted or have our faith sapped, it’s important to look beyond the “devil is in the details” so we don't end up saying, "How on earth is this going to be okay – haven’t you seen what is going on in my world?”

Fortunately, God never expects us to figure out the “hows” of getting what is promised. All He asks is that we stand on what He has revealed to us and upon His Word – it’s His business to take care of the details, not ours.

I’m reminded of Mary’s response when the angel informed her that she would become pregnant with Jesus, the Saviour of the World. Instead of getting stuck in the details that she was a virgin, she believed what had been spoken to her and replied,” Be it unto me as you have said”. (Luke 1:38)

When Moses stood on the banks of the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army bearing down on him, he chose to stand with only a word from God and His staff in His hand and believed that somehow God would deliver them, which he did as he parted the waters. (Exodus 14:21)

When David, a young shepherd boy, ran into battle against the giant Goliath with only a sling and a stone, he chose to believe that the same God who had helped him slay the lion and the bear while he cared for his father’s sheep would be with him to slay this giant warrior also. (1 Samuel 17:48-49)

They all chose to forgo looking at the details and believed that God was for them, so who and what, regardless of the details, could be against them. They chose to stand and act upon the word of God revealed to them, and because they did, they received the promise and the victory.

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.” (Romans 8:31-32)

Today I encourage you, even if you are a details person, to believe and stand on the promises of God and trust Him to take care of your every need and heart’s desire, and not to get stuck in the details!

Today let your response be, “All things are possible, and I’m letting God take care of the details.”

“He knows us far better than we know ourselves…that’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:27-28)

“God can do anything you know – far more than you can imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams. He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 Message Bible)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for knowing every detail of my life, and promise that you have it all in your capable hands. I choose to believe what you say regardless of the problems or challenges I’m facing and to trust you to work out all the details today. In Jesus' name Amen.

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