Compassion Freely Given: Faith

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Compassion Freely Given: Faith

Compassion Freely Given
Open Your Eyes: Faith

As I was preparing what to write for this week’s Devotion, I got an email from a dear friend who suggested that if I didn’t get Pope Frances’ daily tweets, I should.  This morning he tweeted, “A faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow.”  Now my friend had no idea that I was tasked with writing this week’s devotion much less my topic.  Isn’t our God amazing?  Here I am worrying (yea of little faith) about what to say and like mana from heaven it drops in my lap.  I just love these God Moments.

This week our text requires us to think about the word faith.  Some folks in my opinion don’t get it right when studying this week’s text.  They think it was Abraham’s faith that gave him the promise.  God gave him the promise.  Abraham’s faith served as the necessary link to God.

All of us want to have a strong link to God.  We want a link that will weather all the storms we will face.  The link we have is made available to us through our faith in Jesus Christ.  If we choose, we can make that link even stronger.  We can pray, study, and practice.  Like an athlete training to get stronger, we too must exercise our faith.

Call to Action: While driving, turn off the radio and your phone.  Use this new found quiet time to pray.  Find a small group at PRUMC to study God’s word.  And finally, think about James 1:2-3, “My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy.  After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

Prayer:  Father, thank you for “God Moments”.  Allow us to embrace life challenges and to see them as an opportunity to grow closer to you.   Encourage us to learn to appreciate our humanness and to grow stronger through our weakness.  We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, the link that will not fail.

Romans 4:13-25
Sunday February 25, 2018
Ed Hamlin

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