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Daily Devotional: Monday, January 10 - New Adventures

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” — Matthew 7:24-25

Recreational vehicles roll along highways from Miami, Florida, to Bangor, Maine, to St. Louis, Missouri, to San Diego, California, and all the way to Spokane, Washington. These motor homes carry entertainers, professional athletes, retirees and young families from beaches to mountains and all kinds of other places as they crisscross the country. Long RV trips don’t just happen on a whim, though. They require planning and preparation. A route must be decided on, logistics must be figured out, and arrangements have to be made.

As wise travelers check tires and buy food and supplies before going long distances, it’s essential to check our attitude before logging another leg of life’s journey. As tires provide footing for a safe and smooth going, we need God’s wisdom to overcome life’s challenges. When things get difficult, we need a strong foundation to lean on.

Just as roads have curves, hills and potholes, life is filled with surprises. We find ourselves in unforeseen situations every day. Therefore, it’s good to know that Jesus does not shift like the wind. When we have an upset stomach and have 300 more miles to go on a trip, we need assurance in the midst of our trouble. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So we should not worry about unexpected changes because God is always reliable.

During the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys, he often faced disappointment and even torture, but nothing discouraged him. Even in times of adversity and loss, Paul kept moving along the road of life because Christ already secured victory. In his letter to the Church in Rome, he emphasized that God’s love is stronger than anything we might experience. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia 

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