Daily Devotional for August 11, 2022

Melissa is my assistant.  She is also one of the most efficient, organized people I have ever met.
Yesterday, Melissa was in my office getting clarification on what needed to happen.
As we were talking, Melissa’s five-year-old daughter, Annalee, whom I absolutely adore, walked into my office, and said, “Mom, how much longer are you going to be in here?”  Melissa said, “I am talking to Pastor Tom for a few more minutes.”
I said, “Annalee, your mother has to finish telling me what I am supposed to be doing.”
At that moment, that beautiful little mischievous girl smiled and looked up at her mother and said, “Are you the boss of Pastor Tom?”  I quickly said, “Yes, she is.”  Melissa looked at Annalee and said, “No, Pastor Tom is the boss.”  Me, being me said, “No I am not, your mother is the boss.”
Melissa said to Annalee, “Who do you think is the boss?”  Annalee replied, “Some of both.”
Truer words were never spoken.
According to our church organizational chart, I am the boss, but what Annalee said is right on the money.  It’s some of both.
While I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, I do know we have an incredibly gifted staff and in each of their individual areas of responsibility, they know more than I do.  Because they are the experts and I trust them, there are times when I defer to them for the good of the church.
This got me thinking.
For those who follow Jesus Christ, there is only one boss we follow without question, hesitation, or procrastination.  And while in every other aspect of life, there may be, as Annalee says, “Some of both,” when it comes to our spiritual journey and God’s will, there is no compromise.  God must be first.
This belief sent Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace, it brought Daniel to the Lion’s den, it brought Stephen to his death, and it brought Jesus to a cross.  But the good news is while following God’s will may bring us to an extraordinary hardship, that’s not where it ends.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not alone in the furnace.  Not one hair was singed.  Daniel spent the night with ferocious lions and walked out the next day without a scratch.  Stephen knew at the point of death he was going to heaven and prayed God would not hold that sin against those who were murdering him.  Jesus endured unimaginable suffering because he knew it was the only way to save us.  Now he’s alive, waiting to return to bring us home.
Because God is God; death, pain, hardship, and suffering do not have the final say.  God does.
The greatest mind God ever made put it this way, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God’s our boss.  It’s the only way to live, die, and live forever.
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to make you my priority in every aspect of life.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.”
Make God your boss.  It will be the best decision you ever make.  
If he is, invite others to join the team.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins