Here I Am

Stacy Lynn’s Devotion for 1/23/2020:

God does test us; but He doesn’t tempt us. He tests us in hopes that we will make the right decisions in life – the decisions that reflect Him. God wants us to honor Him and He wants to strengthen us in obedience. Tempting someone is setting them up for failure. God doesn’t do that. The devil does. The story of Abraham being tested by God comes to mind. God commanded Him to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering in Genesis 22. Abraham obeyed. Can you imagine being commanded to do the same?? Abraham knew the character of God. He trusted God. He obeyed God. And God came through! In verse 1, God calls out to Abraham and in verse 11, the angel of the God calls out to Abraham. Each time, he says, “Here I am!” He didn’t run and hide nor did He question God. We may not understand the tests God allows in our lives but if we can learn to trust and obey, God will come through for us, too! When God calls you to be tested, will you say, “Here I am!”? “But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied.”

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

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