The One Year Devo

January 7, 2021

Genesis 16:1-18:15; Matthew 6:1-24; Psalm 7:1-17; Proverbs 2:1-5

Yesterday we challenged ourselves to notice the unseen rather than the seen, and the eternal rather than the temporal. In today's reading, we see the challenge not only of seeing with 'spiritual' eyes but trusting God when life doesn't make sense to us. Abraham and Sarah had been promised a child by God but in their old age this didn't seem like a promise that could possibly be fulfilled. So, they trusted in their own creativity rather than God's promise. Their sinful choice could not fulfill what God had promised and would lead to disaster not only in their family but in the world today. Sarah soon found God's promise so humorous that she laughed when it was brought up. She was unable to see and believe what God had said.

Many times, circumstances in our lives may keep us from trusting in what God has said. We may have been hurt so badly that we don't feel forgiveness is possible despite Jesus' words in Matthew 6:14-15. We may feel like hoarding wealth now is the best path to security despite what Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-20. We must learn to believe what God has said and, like David in Psalm 7, know that God is greater than anything the world can throw at us.

Question of the day: What promise in Scripture do you need to claim today?

God, our Father, help me to believe what you have said. Help me to trust in you rather than myself and to trust your faithfulness rather than my capabilities. In all circumstances of life may I embrace your truth and your path. Amen.

Derek Newbery


Posted by Derek Newbery at 22:00