SWEET FREEDOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL: A Teen Teaches Lessons In Contentment

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

Jonathan Edwards is best known for his shocking and convicting sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” But, contrary to what you might think, he didn’t only preach a fire-and-brimstone message. He gave his first official sermon when he was only eighteen years old, long before he stepped onto the scene in the Great Awakening. It was entitled “Christian Happiness,” and it is a strong case for contentment, no matter the situation. This kid’s wisdom debuted in 1720 and is still spot-on today!

The young man had a simple and yet beautiful message. It was built with three main points. Christians should be happy because:

1. Our bad things are temporary and will work for our good.
2. Our best things are permanent.
3. Our best times are yet to come.

I can’t top that!

Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, write Edwards’ list on a sticky note and post it on the fridge. Remember, no matter how terrible life seems at the moment, your Heavenly Father is working for your good. Know that the best things you have – God’s love and an eternal promise – can never be taken from you. Friends, the best times are still ahead of you!