Devotional for Wednesday December 20th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” Hebrews 10:39 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “And then I got blown up.”


“And then I got blown up.” That’s the title for one of the chapters in Noah Galloway’s book “Living with no excuses”. Up to that point in the book he had been telling the story of his life as a healthy, whole, confident, and somewhat cocky young solider. But then he got blown up. Suddenly he was a bloody mess and missing two limbs. In an instant his life had changed forever.


Have you ever had a moment like that? You’re minding your own business, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and life is good. And then you got blown up. Maybe your “blown up” moment was a car accident, or a diagnosis of cancer, or the unexpected loss of a job. Maybe you received that dreaded phone call about a wayward child who was found dead. Maybe that crime you committed was finally discovered and now the police are at your door; or maybe that secret sin isn’t so secret anymore and you find yourself publically humiliated.


Have you ever had a “blown up” moment? If not, sooner or later you will. Maybe it won’t be a crime or a sin but at some point it will be the unexpected death of a loved one, or a serious accident, or something similar. Sooner or later we all get blown up by life.


And then the changes come. Getting blown up always brings changes. Inevitably you will go through the five classic stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). That’s normal and is okay – as long as you get to that crucial stage five of acceptance because that’s the point at which you make the necessary adjustments and start to get on with life. So go ahead and have your grief – process it, work through it, but don’t linger there and don’t get stuck there.


Hebrews 10:39 is a great set-up verse. It “sets up” chapter 11 which is known as “The Faith Hall of Fame”. I encourage you to read chapter 11. It’s mostly about Christians who got blown up in life but handled it well. The verse says “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” That then leads the reader to chapter 11 and the “Faith Hall of Fame”.


The lesson is that it is possible to endure great trials and tribulations and set-backs in life and to do so with courage, confidence, and strong faith. Jesus makes that possible. When you have those times when it feels as if you’ve gotten blown up by life don’t be one of those who draws back and is destroyed by the adversity. Have faith, lean into it, push through it, trust the Lord, and don’t make excuses.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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