What Faith and Duct Tape Have in Common

Teen and Youth Devotion on Faith

**We’ve refreshed an old teen devotion with some great new images and discussion questions for your youth group or small group at the bottom of this devotion. We hope you enjoy the updates!

Duct tape is probably one of the most useful inventions. It serves a variety of purposes, from patching up a pair of ripped pants to keeping some boxes sealed. What makes duct tape even more fun are all the colors it comes in.  I was in a store the other day and I found Hello Kitty Duct Tape, cheetah print duct tape, neon colored duct tape, and of course the standard grey duct tape.  All this duct tape got me thinking, about faith and how duct tape and faith have a lot in common.

Faith Holds Our Lives Together

One day I was working on a farm and a nail ripped a hole in the seam of my pants. Since there weren’t any sewing supplies nearby, I quickly found a roll of duct tape and easily fixed my pants. Thanks to duct tape, my pants were held together.

In the same way, faith holds our lives together. Faith is the basis of our relationship with God. It is believing what the Bible says no matter what it looks like around you.  Faith keeps you together when you feel you’re falling apart. Our faith keeps us going and assures us we will make it regardless of what is going on around us.

And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him. – Hebrews 11:6 (TPT)

Faith Is Used In Lots of Situations

Faith, like duct tape, can be used in a variety of situations. You might be facing a problem.  You can whip out your roll of faith and patch together that bad situation with what the Bible says. Faith can be used at any time and in any situation.  Faith in God is always the answer to whatever situation you’re facing.

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

Lastly, faith is like duct tape because you can rely on it. You know that when you need a patch or to hold something together you can trust the duct tape to do its job. Well, that’s pretty much what faith is.  It’s trusting that God is going to go to bat for you.  He’s going to provide for you no matter what you’re facing.

Faith is just choosing to believe what God says in spite of what you see or feel around you. Faith is trusting in and relying on God in every situation that comes to you. I encourage you to begin placing your trust in God and become a mighty young person of faith.

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  • Heather A
    July 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I work with middle school aged kids and I was browsing through some things on the internet about faith devotions. I came across this site and I couldn’t be happier with what I have found. I wrote down the idea on how duct tape and faith are similar. Used the examples from here and am very impressed. Thank you so much for these great ideas! Super awesome!

  • Tanya
    November 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    awesome lesson- I can even tailor this to younger kids. Thanks!

  • Cindy p
    February 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Love the comparison with faith and duct tape. I’m teaching a youth group at our church and I feel these devotions will help them make a better connection to our lesson. Thanks for putting this out there in the web for all of us to use. Hope to find more great devotions!!!

  • Stefanie
    April 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. I am going to be using this on Wednesday with my teens in my church as well. Great read!

  • Norma
    July 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Wow love this article, I’m going to be using this week with my group.

  • Tammy
    March 24, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I loved this! Just did this with my granddaughter who’s going through a lot due to parents bad decision making.
    Thank you. She’s 10 and loved it.

    • studentdevos
      March 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      So glad to hear it, Tammy!