I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Though many of us won’t be celebrating in the same way or with all the same people we usually do, we still have many reasons to give thanks. The foremost blessing I’m grateful for this season is the amazing story of redemption we have in Jesus Christ. This year may have felt like one big dilemma, but we can give thanks that we have a hope that supersedes 2020.
Just as people can steal from us in the physical realm, Satan and his demons can steal from us in the spiritual realm. For many of us, he has stolen our joy. For others, he has stolen their peace. And yet for others, he has stolen their dreams, relationships and dignity.
Jesus Christ existed before time. He is the Lord over time. Yet out of love for us, He stepped into the limits of time to model for us a life pleasing to God and die for us so that we might be empowered to live such a life.
Personal development is not an event. Neither is it a one-size-fits-all experience. Development takes time, tests, failure and overcoming. God knows each one of us individually. He knows what we each need in order to develop and strengthen our spiritual muscles and sharpen our spiritual insight and wisdom. More often than not, this requires detours in life to allow us the opportunity to learn, grow and develop.
What if you walked into the kitchen to get a drink out of the refrigerator and it had been cooked? Or what if you picked up your tablet to watch some YouTube videos and it took you to a gardening channel instead? Of what if you stuck your cup of noodles into the microwave and they immediately froze?