November 13 Read the Fine Print

Scripture reading: Matthew 18:11–14

Key verse: Luke 19:10

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Sometimes the reason God allows adversity in your life is to deal with sin. He wants to get your attention focused only on Him and away from the transgression that besets your walk with Him. God can see the future consequences of present sin, and in His love He will send the winds of adversity to keep you from the harm that sustained sin brings.

God hates evil. Satan hates you. That is why the enemy will not share with you the ramifications of sin. He wants to keep your mind focused on enjoying the moment: Forget about tomorrow; everybody else is doing this today.

You’ve seen the fine print on advertisements that tout some marvelous product. The colorful adjectives atop the page describe how wonderful the product is, but the fine print below is a cold, hard recitation of the personal or financial realities of buying the hype and the product. That which is superficial and temporary most often is shouted loudest, but the truth is always the bottom line.

Satan never wants you to read the fine print. His objective is to destroy you. Jesus said He came not to destroy but to save that which is lost. He may allow adversity in your life, but ultimately it will be to your benefit if you respond properly and adhere to His Word, the finest print there is.

Let me realize that adversity will benefit me if I respond properly to it. Help me to do that, Lord.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 332). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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