Stand For God

‘After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord , “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” ‘

Judges 1:1

I came to God and asked, “God, you have put it in my heart to cover another book of your great words in our devotionals, show me which chapter it should be.”

If you haven’t guessed yet it was the book of Judges.

Have you ever asked God for him to show you the next leader?  Maybe it was the leader of the country, the company you work for, your church, a group, or anything?

I know that I have, many times, for many different situations.

Here the Israelites were asking God to give them a leader to help them fight the Canaanites. 

The crazy thing is that after Joshua passed away at 110 years old, they started living among the Canaanites. 

And this is where things started to take a turn for the worse

They stopped following God and started praying to other gods. The gods that the Canaanites were following. 

Instead of living the life God wanted them to live, they started listening to the world.

‘After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.’ Judges 2:10

One of my biggest fears is that our country, right now is following these same footsteps. 

When we signed the Declaration of Independence most of our country believed that God was the reason for our freedom.  They knew in their heart that there was only one God, and he is an amazing God.

When was the last time any form of media talked about God in any sort of positive light? Or talked about God at all for that matter.

Just as the Israelites did thousands of years ago, we are following in their footsteps. 

What happened to the Israelites when they stopped following God?

He said, ‘I will use them (the Canaanites) to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.” ‘ Judges 2:22

God tested the Israelites to see how they would react to what was going on around them.

He placed them is trying situations,

Sounds Familiar?

Have you been “placed” into difficult situations with friends, family, or work?

Maybe God is seeing how we will react to the situation, so he knows how well we are listening to his words. 

I know that God does this with me. 

He will give me something extremely difficult to accomplish, or an extremely hard to deal with client, or a new HUGE challenge that I would have never expected.

Then after that is finished, and he sees how awesome I did, or (more often than not) how badly I failed, he gives me other situations that help build my character to do it better. 

If I don’t learn fast enough, he will use someone in the world to “slap my hand” so that I feel the pain and learn the lesson that he has spent so long trying to teach me.

My question for everyone today is, now that we are aware of how everyone is trying their best to “discredit” God, how will you react?

Will you teach your kids, grand kids, the neighbor kids, strangers on the street about God and his glory.

Or

Will you go on with life, not giving God credit for everything?

It is 100% your choice how you react and what you do. (ps. God gave us that choice too)

Today we want to encourage everyone to take a step and show the world your stance on God!  Share something through any media platform, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Email, Twitter, Snapchat, Tik Tok, it doesn’t matter. 

Share your favorite devotional, your favorite verse, or even just tell everyone how much you enjoy being a CHRISTIAN!

Get out there and be the 1% who aren’t afraid to share their belief with the world.

Prayer

Lord, today we come to you with open hearts and open minds.  We come to you today with the hope that you will fill our hearts, minds, and bodies with your spirit.  We pray that you give us the strength to not be like the world, but instead be the person you designed us to be.  Lord help us not to drift through life, but to live out the purpose you have for us.  Help us to know that your purpose for us can change, it can be tough, it can be easy. We know that you designed us for a reason and made us who we are because you needed us for your service.  God today, like every day we know that you are amazing.  We know that you use the past to help us learn.  We know that you are placed in difficult situations so that we can learn, so that we can grow and be even better Christians than we were yesterday.  God thank you for the blessing that you have granted us.  Thank you for everything that you have ever given us, especially your words. The bible is filled with amazing lessons & truths, we just have to have an open mind and heart as we read your GREAT word. God, thank you.  Lord, we want to finish this prayer by asking you to help us continue in your service.  Help us to grow closer to you every day, in every task that we do.  God thank you for everything!

Amen

Will you pray with us?

Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation

All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel

For all military personal serving our country and their families

Those in Leadership positions throughout the world

Prayer

Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts.  We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us.  We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.

We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name

Amen

A Little More

 The other day I got a call from one of our clients.

I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.

“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”

My smile immediately vanished.

I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.

So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?” 

To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.

They gave me the details.

My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.

But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.

My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.

I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.

so……

I made sure not to smile when I made the call.  I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!

That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.

Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!

Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal.  I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad. 

Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.

The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.

No problem.  Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.

Well……..

After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.

Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.

I told him that I would NOT make any promises.

But my team went to work!

Guess what????

We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.

My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.

Here’s the point of all this.

When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.

That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.

Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol

Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!

Dan Greer