Christian Living
Faith Tested
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Aug 26, 2018

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As we read yesterday, Abraham did finally obey God and made it to Canaan. But Abraham's obedience did not mean that his life would suddenly become easy. When he arrived in the land God showed him, he found the Canaanites there. After such a long journey, Abraham's faith was about to be tested.

The last thing God wants us to do is to give up when things don't make sense to our human understanding.

 

We can become easily discouraged when our obedient choices lead to difficulties and adversities. God never promised an easy life. When we obey Him, we will experience His blessings and peace, but that does not mean an easy road.

Abraham may not have understood the fullness of God's plan; still, he worshiped God by building an altar. In our walk of faith, we may face trials that baffle us. We may question unexpected events. But in the middle of it all, God wants our obedience and praise. The last thing God wants us to do is to give up when things don't make sense to our human understanding.

Have you given up on God's plan because you're facing difficulties in the midst of it? Remember His faithfulness and love, and trust Him again today.

Prayer: God, I sometimes become discouraged when my faith is tested and things don't go the way I expect. Thank You for the example of Abraham, who worshiped You in the midst of difficulties. Help me persevere through trials. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).