Devotional for Monday November 13th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”


Our Bible verse for today: “Without vision, the people perish. But he that keepth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)


Our thought for today: “Do you have a vision for the end of your adversity?”


In the most direct sense, Proverbs 29:18 refers to the people of God understanding the will of God and then being obedient to it. And, as the second half of the verse makes clear, the most direct understanding of God’s will is acquired through the study of His Word.


But as the editors of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible point out in their study notes on this verse, there’s a broader Biblical principle in play here too. God has a plan for your life and a plan for your current situation. Deliverance will come according to God’s plan.


So, back to my question, “Do you have a vision for the end of your adversity?” In your mind’s eye can you see yourself after the adversity is over? Realistically, what events do you think occurred that led you out of the adversity? What is your life like now that the adversity is over? And perhaps most importantly, what actions were required on your part to help you get out of that situation? Again, do you have a vision for the end of your adversity? If not, then I encourage you to get on your knees and ask God to help you get one.


Hope for the future is based upon a God-given vision of what the future could look like. But that will always involve active participation on your part. You have to be part of your own solution to the problem. There are things that God will have to do, but there are also things that you will have to do.


I encourage you to think realistically about your current situation. Be honest about how you got into it (and don’t be too quick to lay the blame at the feet of other people either). Then ask God to help you develop a vision for what it will be like when you have pushed through it and the adversity is finally over. Be sure to ask Him to help you see what your part in the solution needs to be – then get busy doing your part.


Without a vision people get stuck in the mud in life and make no progress getting out of it; or they tend to wander aimlessly through life with no sure purpose or direction. That’s never God’s desire. He wants us to have vision and hope – and He wants us to get busy being part of our own solution.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim


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