The Upper Room Devotion for Tuesday, November 7, 2023, was written by George Burke of Texas.
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3 NRSV
I was sharing early-morning coffee and donuts with our daughter, the mother of two wonderful, energetic children. We were both going through rough patches in our lives. She had been through a painful divorce. I had recently been diagnosed with Parkenson's disease. We shared the Bible verse from Hebrews above. Then my daughter offered and insight that amazed me. She said, "I think it's awesome that when we are in trouble and can't see any way through, God will surprise us with the solution." Three years have passed since our meeting. She is now married to a fine Christian, and I have experienced only mild symptoms.
I often think that I've got the solution to life's struggles, and in my prayers I try to convince God to see it my way. Now I just ask that God's will be done in my life. And God's answer is usually more amazing than I could have imagined. Great is God's faithfulness, wisdom, and power!
Pastor Anthony's Thoughts
We will face hardships and struggles that test our faith. Do we allow our hardships and struggles to dictate our response, or do we pause to seek the counsel of God? George's reflection encourages us to turn to God first to seek solutions for our hardships. May we all take time to pause, quiet the noise around us, and seek God's guidance.
Dear God, remind us that you know what is best for us. We commit our will to yours. Amen.