Friday, April 10, 2009
It's normal to be scared about things. Some things are frightening to everyone. Other things seem scary except to the person who is scared. Both kinds of fear keep us from doing all sorts of things.
In the book of Joshua, the Israelites had good reason to be scared. They were going to war. They had no way of knowing if they would be killed or would be victorious. God reminded them they could be strong and courageous and He would be with them.
God doesn't promise he will take away our fear. He does promise to be with us wherever we go. He will strengthen you and give you courage to face your fears.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Devotional cartoon: Boy sees a new kid getting picked on. He has to make a decision. Should he stop a bully?
Sometimes, we have to do the right thing all on our own. Jesus knew exactly what you're going through. He went to the cross. Everyone abandoned Him. No one understood what He was doing. They mocked Him, laughed at Him and killed Him.
But God had a plan. Jesus rose victorious over death and sin. Jesus faced it all alone for us. When you're facing difficulties for Jesus, He will be there for you.