When we make the statement: "The devil is in the details," what we usually mean is that if things can go wrong, it will be because someone has forgotten an important detail. We also use this term to explain the fact that taking care of the details is the hardest part of any endeavor! I've made the statement numerous times over the years: "The devil is in the details." The details matter to me. On the Mountain Lake Ministry Team, we work hard on the details. I've always believed that details matter to God. Anyone will tell you that I'm about as good as any Senior Pastor on the details. I believe the details matter. I also believe that the details are more difficult to see. The details are more difficult to manage. I tend to worry about the details. I have always believed that the devil is truly IN the details! However, God recently allowed me to discover a powerful truth through His Word that has challenged my thinking:
"The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives" Psalm 37:23 (NLT).
In other words, guess who delights in the details of our lives even more than we do. Guess who cares more about the details of our lives than we do. Guess who knows more about the details than we do. I guess I've always been partially correct. The devil may in fact be in the details. However, my LORD is, too; And greater is He that's in me than He that's in the world!
So I made a new commitment to God recently, to stop worrying so much about the details. God knows them. God is on top of them. If I will submit to Him daily, and look to HIM for discernment and wisdom, GOD is in the details with me!