Devotional for Thursday November 16th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Depend on the Lord to get you through”

 

Those who have walked with the Lord for a long time know from personal experience the truth expressed in Isaiah 40:29-31. When you’re going through a tough time God will lift you up, strengthen you, and even carry you through it if you will just come to Him and ask for His help. I have witnessed it time after time – faithful Christians, faced with seemingly impossible situations, are able to not only endure it, but to push through it with courage and strength, with dignity and grace. They brought it to the Lord and then relied on Him to get them through it.

 

This is so true that it’s often during the most difficult times of life that non-believers will come to faith in Christ. It’s also when straying Christians will commonly come back to Him. Everybody knows that God helps us through such times. So it’s a common scene to see a person who is enduring major struggles to show up at church in search of God. And when they find Him, they discover the truth of Isaiah 40:29-31.

 

It’s unfortunate that people have to get into situations like that before they come searching for God, but that is often what it takes. Sometimes God has to let us get to the lowest point in life so that we will come to Him. I wonder how many of those low points in life could have been avoided if we had just stayed right there with Him to begin with.

 

There’s an old military saying that goes “There are no atheists in foxholes.” That means that when the bullets are flying and your life is on the line your thoughts naturally turn to God for help and protection. Many professions of faith and many promises of a transformed life have been made in foxholes with bullets whizzing overhead. But once the danger has passed, the promises to God are often forgotten – until the next time.

 

This is true in the lives of Christians too. As was already stated, many people come to faith in Christ once they’ve hit the lowest point in life. Many wayward Christians come back to Him when they are faced with trials and struggles. But then when everything is okay again they get lazy and much less committed – until the next time.

 

If you’re going through a tough time in life the smartest thing to do is to bring your situation to God and claim the promise of Isaiah 40:29-31. You can count on Him to lift you up, to strengthen you, and to carry you through it. But once He has done that, don’t wander away from Him! Stay right there in the safety of His embrace, drawing strength from Him and being carried by Him in both the bad times and in the good.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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