Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “for King & Country – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
We have a good mate who struggled with depression. There was a time where he’d stuff blankets in the windows, switch off the lights and live in darkness for days at a time. We wrote this song for him. I remember well the 1st time we played it for him. We didn’t have the heart to tell him we wrote it for him for fear of offending him. Needless to say, it was his favorite song we’d ever written.
Months went by and eventually we felt we had to share the truth. So one afternoon when we were all 3 in the same room we told him. He didn’t really say much. He stood slowly, walked out of the room, shut the door, got in his car and drove off, and we thought we’d blown it. About 20 minutes later he called us and with tears in his voice he said, “Thank you for writing that song for me. It gives me HOPE.” It was in that moment that we realized music has power. But when you merge the power of music with the ultimate power of the gospel, it not only has the ability to impact our day, but it can transform our lives for eternity.
We don’t know where you’re at in your life. You might literally be walking through hell on earth but take heart in this, ‘He has overcome the world’ – John 16:33
We’re halfway through our week together and we wanted to share a quick note about something that’s been screaming at us lately.
We all live the modern age of LED billboards, smart phones and flat screen TV’s. It’s a bit of a rat-race really. I don’t know about you but, ‘slowing down’ is one of the hardest practices I endeavor to implement.
I’ve felt the need in my Spirit for a few years now to take one day away each month. I initially suppressed the prompting up until recently. So when the ‘get away’ day came I switched off my phone, closed the laptop, clear the schedule and just read and listened and pray. It was tough. Silence can be scary, but I’ve realized it’s so essential. Psalm 46:10 says ‘Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God’. So, on that note, let’s take a moment. Stop. Listen. Refresh.
I want to comment on their mid week note first. I did the no electronics fast for a day and wow, it was tough. I realized how much time they were consuming and were causing me to be unproductive. This caused me to cut my contract early and “downgraded” to a flip phone with no texting. It is miraculous how much more free time I have because of it. I have found that my productivity shot up and I don’t automatically look at it when I am bored for a second. It really is freeing.
I don’t have much to say with the depression issue. I have never experienced this and don’t have any close friends who have as well. Sure, I have had some down days. But usually they get turned around pretty quickly. Sort of like the Annie song “The sun will come out tomorrow”.