Our Bible verse for today: “Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We learn from others.”
We learn from others. That’s just a fact of human nature. Most of what we know we have learned from others. That’s what the Apostle Paul was referring to in Philippians 4:9. He had been a preacher, teacher, counselor, mentor, and guide for the Philippian Christians and they had learned a lot by listening to his words and by observing his example.
Although our primary source of instruction from God comes to us through the Bible, it’s also true that He uses other people to teach us and to set examples for us. We learn from the experiences of others. As we spend time this month learning how to be an overcomer in life, much of what we learn will be based upon the examples set for us by other people.
The best and most impactful examples from other people come from those with whom we have personal contact. But there is also much to be learned from the examples of others that are recorded about them in books. That’s part of the great value of the Bible. In it we find the inspiring examples of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, and others. They were all overcomers in life.
Likewise, the inspiring examples of other Christians down through the ages often come to us through books. In David Jeremiah’s new book “Overcomer”, he draws on the examples of people from the Bible, and from other contemporary Christians, to illustrate and model fundamental lessons about being an overcomer in life. Books are used by God to communicate important lessons to us.
However, many people today are not readers. Either they’re so busy that they just don’t have much time to read, or they simply have little interest in reading. For whatever reason, reading for pleasure and for learning is becoming less and less common, and this is to our great detriment. Reading is an important source of learning.
That’s one of the primary reasons I cite and draw from so many different books as I write these devotional messages. I do have the time to read. Therefore I read a lot and I love to share with you some of the best and most helpful lessons I find in those books. You may not have the time to read David Jeremiah’s book “Overcomer” for yourself. But if you’ll spend a few minutes each day reading these daily devotional messages throughout the month of November, I’ll make sure you get the most important lessons he teaches in that book.
Each of us can be an overcomer in life, and we can learn how to do that from the examples set for us by others.