TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Everyone! I hope you all had a great day. I know it was a strange one for many…. As for us, we’re used to small family gatherings, because as some of you may have heard me say before — we don’t have a family tree. It’s more like a family twig. After all, with three consecutive generations of only children, you can’t really take the shape of an oak. But I love our little family….
For Thanksgiving, we went to visit some friends, and they invited us to shoot on their private target range. My husband and I have recently gotten our concealed carry permits, so we brought our guns and ammo and had some fun shooting. Albeit, I’m not a very good shooter (translation — I hardly hit the targets though I really gave those leaves something to be scared of!). But, I’ll keep practicing…. One of things I struggle with when I shoot is the recoil. I haven’t mastered how to brace for it yet.
While we were shooting, I had a chance to fire a gun that belonged to my grandmother. My mom gave it to Wayne earlier this year, and it’s an old Smith & Wesson Revolver. For any gun collectors, that’s about as specific as I can be… It’s an old, heavy, 22 caliber revolver.
Since I struggle with recoil, when I shot Mamo’s gun, I was shocked to find that it had almost none. I couldn’t understand it — it’s a lot heavier than either of my handguns, so I was waiting for a huge jerk when the bullet fired. But one of our friends explained to me that in this situation, the heavier gun has less recoil than my lighter ones.
That has mulled around in the back of my head, and I woke up thinking about it. And it occurred to me — our faith operates the same way. The stronger (heavier) our faith is — when adversity comes, the recoil is easier to manage. When we have consistently used our faith, exercised it, and let God demonstrate His faithfulness in the everyday stuff, when trials come, we know we can lean on Him. We aren’t brought to our knees in defeat — we are brought to our knees in faithful prayer because we know we serve a faithful God.
Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5). Our faith grows the more we cling to Him and allow our faith to grow in Him.
Y’all, trials are guaranteed. But that doesn’t mean we have to brace for the impact and end up defeated. Yes, we may hurt. Yes, we may have pain. Yes, we may cry. But take comfort in this truth — even though Jesus knew He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, still – Jesus wept (John 11:1-44).
And if Jesus wept, we know He understands that the recoil of unwelcome news may leave us jarred. But with strong faith in Him, it doesn’t have to knock us down.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being faithful. Thank Jesus for being the vine to which we cling. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you strengthen your faith in the everyday moments so that you can be braced for things with true trials come.
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