Luke 5:18-19 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
What is the difference between accepting your current situation and adapting to it? Accepting your situation is to think and believe that there is nothing that you can do about it, while adapting is to find a way around the stumbling blocks to create the result that you envision. In John 5:1-8, the man who was by the pool of Bethesda for 38 years was there that long because he accepted his situation. He did not think that he could get in the pool before anyone else when the angel troubled the water and so he made no effort to do so. This was the essence of the explanation that he gave to Jesus when He asked him if did not want to be made whole. The key to creating success in any environment is learning to adapt; the lame man had not done that.
Daniel and the three Hebrew boys never accepted the situation that they faced in Babylon. They were at risk of eating food that was offered to idols and breaking the law of God, so they adapted by choosing to consume water and vegetables. Their approach to adapting was to make the word of God the foundation of their effort to adapt to their new environment. In Luke 5:17-39 the four (4) men who took their lame friend on the bed to the place where Jesus was preaching could have easily accepted that their friend would not be healed that day because of how thick the crowd was. But rather than accepting that as the outcome, they chose to adapt by cutting through the roof and letting the man down before Jesus. The story ended with the man leaving the location being able to walk. The approach that his friends took to create the outcome that they wanted was to adapt by thinking outside of the box.
Another approach to adapting to your environment is to allow God to direct our step. In responding to the drought in the land, Elijah survived going to the brook Cherith to be fed by ravens twice per day. He adapted to the difficult situation by listening to the voice of the Spirit. When the brook dried up it was the same approach that led him to sustenance throughout the remainder of the famine. Utilize these three (3) approaches to adapt to your current situation and create the result you want to see.
Life Application: Choose to adapt to your current situation by creating the results you want to see by being guided by the word of God, thinking outside of the box and letting God direct your steps.
Prayer: Lord, too often I get caught up with the situation I am facing rather than adapting by making some necessary changes. Help me to pivot by listening to your voice and following your every step. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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