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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, August 29, 2019

“O my God, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.” — Psalm 25:2 (ESV)

Get Out and Trust

I grew up in Michigan and I’ve sometimes struggled with having to live in other places. God has taken me to Mississippi, Wyoming and Missouri, introducing me to various textures of culture and nuances of demography that are woven into our marvelous American fabric.

My pattern of moving around makes me think of the Biblical character Abram (later Abraham), whom God took through various moves (Genesis 12:1). I can imagine that moving was not easy for him either.

Professional athletes are often told to move on as well — it’s called getting traded or released. I heard a baseball announcer recount one player’s journey with nine different teams.

Unlike a major leaguer who gets traded, Abraham did not know where he was going as he stumbled into his blessings (Hebrews 11:8). It’s a pretty sure sign of trust when you obey God even when you don’t know where you’re going.

If you find yourself headed for strange surroundings, trust God. Abraham did this and his name is recorded in the faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11). Trusting God just may lead you to a place of great faith.

—Allen Palmeri

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