Evening Prayer 10 | Faith Tested

How do we respond to God in light of what He asks us to do? Do we go out in faith, not knowing where the road ahead will lead but trusting the Lord to get us there and keep us out of harm’s way along our journey?

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

Hebrews 11: 8-10 (ESV)

How do we respond to God in light of what He asks us to do? Do we go out in faith, not knowing where the road ahead will lead but trusting the Lord to get us there and keep us out of harm’s way along our journey?

Faith comes with questions. With faith, come trials. A wise man once observed that the greater the faith, the greater the trial. For faith to thrive, it must be tested. Abraham’s confidence and trust in the Lord caused him to obey, even when he didn’t know exactly where it was God was taking him. His obedience earned him the honor, “Abraham, my friend!”

Evening Prayer

To know God, we must believe God. We can confidently trust in the Lord and that He has our best interests in mind when He calls us to do something. We can just go do it.  That doesn’t mean the journey will be without trials. Certainly not! Just look at everything that Abraham went through in his walk with the Lord. But who among us does not desire to be known as a friend of God?

Heavenly Father, God Most High, help me remain steadfast in my faith so that how I live pleases You. Give me rest tonight Lord so that I can be prepared to face tomorrow with You by my side. Amen.

May the peace of God go with you.

The Devotional Guy™

 

 

 

 

 

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Life is downright hard some days. You juggle multiple irons burning in the fire at near lightspeed and manage to accomplish the laundry list of to-dos without overstepping your boundaries or hurting anyone. All day, you’ve managed to keep all four wheels between the lines as you truck down life’s highway. And then life deals you an unexpected blow or smacks you in the face with all its force for no other apparent reason other than because it can. You know—those moments where life takes your breath away but not in a good way. As people of faith, we are not immune from these valleys we stumble into along our journey. Life hurts. Yes, Virginia: the Struggle is real. 

What do we do?

As believers, we are called to continue on, faithfully, walking humbly, acting gently, being grateful, and nurturing a spirit of forgiveness. In our words and deeds, we show love, blessing even those who curse us. Even when it hurts. Yes, we mourn, and we grieve. Yes, we fervently pray, begging God for relief from our struggles. But it doesn’t end there. We get up and go on, moving forward, towards the prize, running the race with all our might until the very end.

As redeemed children of God Most High, we are all in recovery, rescued from our shortcomings, no longer bound by the chains of sin, while all the while, day by day, learning how to live life because He lives. It’s not easy. We aren’t perfect. But we are changed, no longer the same. Like new creations learning to find our way, we stumble, and we struggle, getting up after each fall.

God is SO good. Even on our worst days, He shepherds us, providing all we need to maneuver through the trials and tribulations this earthly life brings, from time to time during different seasons. In our plight, we turn to the Lord, showing our dependence on Him to traverse the storms life brings our way.

Jesus Calms a Storm Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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