Transformed – teen devotion – February 18, 2024

One truth shared: Painful trials in life are time to hold God’s promises even closer.

Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
Genesis 22:14

God, this really hurts, and I still trust you.

Her alarm clock didn’t go off on time. It was his turn to bring donuts. They were stuck in a traffic jam. She spilled coffee on her clothes and had to go home to change. Their car just wouldn’t start. A man had new shoes and got a blister and stopped for a Band-Aid. These people suffered that morning and then survived the attacks of September 11, 2001. They were blessed with more time on this world through a moment of “unbearable” discomfort and frustration that God provided them. Think about what God does through the tests of life.

It was a huge ask God gave to Abraham. A test to top every other test he had lived through. And God didn’t tell him it was a test beforehand. “Go sacrifice your son, your only son, the one you love.” Abraham didn’t respond how we often do in trials… he didn’t complain, yell, procrastinate, curse, or rebel. He held on to something God had taught him through every other moment of his life, “The Lord Will Provide.” And that is exactly what happened at the very moment Abraham needed it the most. The Lord provided a ram as a sacrifice instead of his son. Abraham named the place where God spared his son Isaac that very promise he shares with you today, “The Lord Will Provide.”

When God allows trials and tests in life, don’t get angry or upset. Hold onto the promises of the God who provides his only Son, our Savior. His promises are strong enough to lead us through.

Are you having a test of faith? Don’t worry! God will provide the answers for your faith!

Prayer: Dear Lord, it’s really easy to get lost in the moment when things are not going my way and I suffer things not going the way I’d like. I’m glad you love me and never leave me. Strengthen my trust that you are the God who provides the best for my life and my soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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