A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

"A devotion may be someone's only Bible for the day."

Today's Devotion

Picking Apart God's Will

"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are beyond anything you could imagine."  Isaiah 55:8 NLT

picking apart Gods willMy husband and I own a renovation business. He went through a four-year carpentry apprenticeship program early in his career, and with a forty-year history in building, he knows his stuff and holds high standards for his work. The responses from satisfied clients speak to his efforts.

Occasionally, a customer gets in their own way and slows the project. Once, my husband applied an adhesive to a homeowner’s kitchen cabinetry—one that requires three days to set. But the homeowner picked at the veneer the first day, and it came off. They then protested about what they considered poor quality.

Sometimes, the client objects that the work doesn’t look nice. The homeowner doesn’t know the work is not done—and can’t do it—but they try to fix what they think is wrong, which costs them more. The finished remodel, however, is beyond their imagination.

As Christ-followers, we tend to get in the way when God renovates our souls. His method might require that we own up to our part in a misunderstanding, acknowledge an addiction, or ask for help with something beyond our capabilities.

Instead of being patient, we protest, pick apart God’s ways, and then don’t understand when we end up paying more for it. Our human minds can’t comprehend or envision the result. But God knows what He is doing with us.

When you do not understand God’s vision or methods for you, remember to trust Him.

(photo courtesy of pixabay.com.)

(For more devotions, visit Christian Devotions.)

Anita van der Elst

Anita van der Elst finds joy in creating with words, believing God gifted her with the desire to do so. Married to her best friend, Edward, since 1976, she is a proud mom of four adult children and Oma to two of the most delightful grandchildren ever. Other joys in her life include bringing beauty to Facebook through photos she takes on her iPhone, facilitating a small women’s group at church, and mentoring a few friends who also desire to write.

Share This Blog:

Asheville Christian Writers Conference

Join us at the Billy Graham Conference Center February 24, 25 and 26, 2023 for the Asheville Christian Writers Conference at The Cove. Meet with editors, agents, top-selling authors, and attend workshops. Be inspired! Revive your soul! Reserve your spot now for the Asheville Christian Writers Conference February 24, 25 and 26, 2023. Space is limited!

Learn More

Rise From The Ashes


Several years ago, Christian Devotions came under cyber attack. Thanks to our readers we were able to rise from the ashes and be stronger than ever. Founded in 2008, Christian Devotions Ministries is a 501C3, non-profit organization striving to bring the light of Christ to others one devotion at a time. Thanks to the generous donations of our readers, this ministry thrives. Because of these gifts, we are able to provide benevolence when needed, spread the Word of God to over 157 countries, and offer new writers an opportunity to have their words published. This ministry is overseen by a board of directors and all who offer their time in service of this work are volunteers. Thank you for your kind support. Donations are tax deductible. This ministry thrives on the prayers of our readers. If you would like to be a prayer warrior for Christian Devotions Ministries, email us at christiandevotionsministries@gmail.com and we will add you to our prayer letter. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. - Psalm 19:14


Books from Lighthouse
Publishing of the Carolinas

Subscribe to our mailing list

Christian Devotions SPEAK UP!

Listen to all the episdoes of Christians SPEAK UP! by clicking the link below. 

 Listen here!

Visit our other ministry sites





book deals


Christian Devotions Ministries is a non-profit 501c3 ministry. Our needs are met solely through the kindness of those who are touched to give. Christian Devotions is overseen by a board of directors who monitor our work and financial spending. Your gift is fully tax deductible. If you would like to give to Christian Devotions Ministries, click the donate button. Thank you in advance for your kindness.