Devotional for Tuesday November 19th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”
Our Bible verse for today: “This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:17-18 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Trust God to lead you.”
If there’s one truth that comes through in the Bible over and over again it’s that God has a purpose and a plan for us as individuals, and that He wants to be understood by His people so that we can then obey Him. This is true in big ways and in small ways. God has a plan for us and He leads, guides, and directs as necessary to help us achieve His goals for our lives.
Author Jerry Bridges writes of how by education, training, experience, and aptitude he was uniquely qualified to be an administrator. However he was determined that he wanted to be an overseas missionary and so despite the education, experience, and inherent administrative skills that he had, he launched off into an effort to be something he was not – something he was not called to be. Needless to say it was a frustrating and relatively fruitless time for him.
Eventually he ended up as an administrator for a USA-based mission agency. At first he did it reluctantly, simply as a concession because he hadn’t gotten what he really wanted. But eventually he came to realize that God had uniquely gifted him to be an administrator and that there were many ways he could use those skills to serve and honor the Lord.
That’s true for us too. When making career and ministry decisions it’s important to take the time to consider how God has wired us. What natural abilities do you seem to have? In what areas have you been trained and educated? What types of experiences have you had? God seldom wastes anything. If He has invested time and resources into developing those things in your life then it’s a pretty good bet those are the areas He wants you to be serving Him in.
We can trust God to lead us. But we do have to be sure we are paying attention to, and following, God’s leading and not our own desires.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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