Devotional for Friday November 10th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Pushing through Adversity”


Our Bible verse for today: “A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets; panting, it returns to its place where it rises.” Ecclesiastes 1:4-5 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Just breathe.”


Throughout most of the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon comes across as stoic and even apathetic. It reads as if the writer has shrugged his shoulders in disgust and is now just getting through life. It’s not until the last two verses of the very last chapter that we realize it was all a set-up and that he didn’t really mean it the way it appeared to read. All of the apparent stoicism was setting us up for his closing point, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands.”


Once we’ve read the concluding paragraph the rest of the book falls into place. Thinking back on it we realize that life is a long series of ups and downs, victories and defeats, good times and bad. Through it all we need to just keep trusting the Lord. Just keep obeying Him, put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward. Solomon actually alluded to that in 1:4-5 when he reminded us that time passes. “The sun rises and the sun sets” – and time passes.


In his great little book “Bounce: Learning to thrive through loss, tragedy, and heartache” author Aaron Fruh reminds us of a scene from the Tom Hanks movie “Castaway”. The main character was in a small plane which crashed in a remote section of the southern Pacific Ocean. Everyone else on the plane was killed. Only Tom Hanks survived. He ended up as a castaway on a small deserted island. The entire movie revolves around his time on the island just trying to stay alive. Eventually he is rescued and returns to civilization. The scene picks up with him speaking to an audience and explaining how he managed to survive all that time as a lonely castaway on a deserted island:


“I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. I had to keep breathing even though there was no reason to hope … So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven … because the tide came in and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back in Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass. And I know what I have to do now. I have to keep breathing. And tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring in.”


When we’re pushing through adversity sometimes we need to get a little stoic about it. Sometimes our attitude has to be that “I will just keep breathing, just keep doing what I have to do for this moment, and I will just keep going.” Trust God, obey God, and just keep going. The sun will set and it will rise again tomorrow. The days will pass, things will change, and who knows what the tide will bring in tomorrow. Just keep pushing through it. Just breathe.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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