Devotional for Thursday November 2nd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “… and it shall come to pass,” Genesis 4:14 (KJV)

 

Our thought for today:  “This too shall pass.”

 

How often does the phrase “It shall come to pass” or “And it came to pass” appear in the Bible? Well, it depends on which version of the Bible you’re looking at. It appears in the King James Version 120 times. The phrase is sprinkled liberally by God all throughout the Bible and is used by Him in a variety of different ways. But always it indicates the passing of time and the turning of a page.

 

King Solomon wrote of this in the book of Ecclesiastes when he said, “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets and hurries back to where it rises.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-5)

 

Yes, time passes. Minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years, and as time passes so do the events of our lives. Nothing lasts forever. That includes adversity. As deep and painful and difficult as it may seem at the time – and as long as it might seem to be dragging on, nothing lasts forever.

 

So the goal for us is to hang in there and push through it, knowing that this too shall pass. Yesterday we learned the helpful lesson of “Press on Regardless”. That’s a mindset that will carry us through the toughest times in life. The Bible often refers to it as “perseverance”. Another word that is often used for those who have learned to persevere and to just push through is “resilience”. Such people are said to be resilient.

 

The truth is that we have no better choice, really. If we don’t lean into it and push through it then adversity will defeat us. It will knock us down and keep us stuck in misery and despair. But who wants a life of misery and despair? Not me and I’m sure not you. The only alternative is to lean into it and push through it knowing that in time, this too shall pass. And it will!

 

This isn’t something we’re prone to do naturally. We learn to do it. We think about it and we decide that we are going to hang in there and we are going to push through it. This month will about learning to do exactly that.

 

I don’t know what you’re dealing with today but I encourage you to hang in there and don’t give up because this too shall pass.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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