Welcome to Walk-on Wednesday. By Hump Day, we are struggling, but we believe a good devotion can strengthen us to finish the week strong.
Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. Hebrews 11:19 NLT
Sam couldn’t see beyond the present, and it almost cost him his happiness—and life.
His dad had left the family for another woman when Sam was a small child. Now, ten years later, his mom had decided to re-marry. The guy was okay, but Sam couldn’t focus on anything but his real dad. For years, he had dreamed and imagined that his mom and dad might get back together. But her present marriage sealed the coffin. Not only was she marrying, but he and his siblings would also be moving to another state with a different culture. New school, new church, new friends.
When they got to their new location, Sam didn’t adjust well. He needed something to help him get through. When one of his new “so-called” friends offered him a pill to help him do just that, he took one. And later, another. One day, he took too many and found himself in the hospital. He just couldn’t see beyond the present—and the picture was murky.
By faith, Abraham had the ability to see beyond the present. He and his wife had waited for years on the promised son God said would arrive. Now Isaac was a young man, and God was asking Abraham to do the unthinkable: sacrifice his son. Abraham knew God’s promise, however, and could see beyond the untenable moment.
I’m often more like Sam than Abraham. Life’s troubles bottle up and cloud my vision: finances, relationships, employment, kids, friendships. Life requires every bit of energy I have just to get through the day. I’m consumed with fighting daily battles and worrying about how it will all pan out tomorrow.
Only by a confident faith and trust in God’s guidance over our lives in the present and his concern for our future can we see beyond today. By faith, we can let God hold our tomorrows—and the next day, and the next day.
Let God help you see beyond your present struggles.
Prayer: Father, give us faith to trust You for the future we cannot see.
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