NewSpring Church Devotional: “You Are Not The Answer”

Putting my college degree to work in the local church

I am privileged to be a part of the writing team at our church here in South Carolina, NewSpring. We write blogs, devotionals, and ministry literature, many of which live on the church’s website, but some that are printed and available in the Care & Prayer Room. While I’ve volunteered in different capacities at churches throughout the years, serving on NewSpring’s writing team is the most unique opportunity I’ve had to put my giftings to practical use.

Here’s a devotional I wrote recently about having freedom in the midst of difficult circumstances. I hope it encourages you.

If you are overwhelmed by life, take comfort in this:
You are not the source to the solution. You can’t face these difficulties alone, and you’re not meant to. You will not win the battle on your own, so stop trying. It’s okay to let go.

Colossians 1:6-8 says our hope is in Heaven. The Gospel, the word of truth, bears fruit in our lives, and it won’t stop. The grace of God is real and active. Christ ministers to us and through us. The Holy Spirit fills us with his love.

God is the solution we need. He is the source. Consider the way plants grow: we may choose a sunny spot for our garden, place the plants in good soil and even water them. But who is the one who made the sun? Who gives earth the right nutrients plants need? Who decided two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom are essential for living things to survive? God is the origin of photosynthesis. He makes science work. He is the source of all wisdom and growth and beauty and life. We just move dirt and water around.

The same is true in our lives. God has placed you where and when you are for a purpose. The house you live in, the people you know – none of it is a coincidence. He knows you. He formed you. You are not an accident. He knows what brings you joy and life and what brings you hurt and sorrow. Stay connected with Him through prayer, scripture, and community with other believers, and He’ll show you how to overcome.