WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
.......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main
Getting to know God together.
Many people today move house,
again and again.
This means new friends, new schools and neighbourhoods. It can be scary to be a stranger in a different area! Maybe your family has had a lot of moves.
If we move from a country area to a big city - that can be more scary than ever.
The life in a city can be confusing, everything seems to move faster. We can feel smaller and less important in a big city. Do you think big cities can make children feel that they don’t matter? So many other kids, and families, is anyone important to God? How can young people get jobs and make a life with so many others running around doing their thing, and wanting to make good!
When we move we have to say goodbye
to people who matter to us. Even the people in shops are familiar, and
losing school and church friends can be very upsetting. You should be especially
kind to new kids in your neighbour, who have moved from somewhere else.
Think how you would feel, and treat them as you would want to be treated
- with friendship.
Does the Bible say anything about people moving? Yes.
The Bible is filled with stories about every kind of happening. Everything that has happened to people is shown in the Bible, about they fears and happiness and problems. Lots of journeys are shown in the Bible, about the people who God moved out into a new situation and area. He was with them all the way through, as He will be with you if you have to move house. Abraham was asked by God to leave his land and all the people he knew to go to a new land he knew nothing about. (Genesis 12;1,2). The Hebrew people moved out of Egypt to go to a Promised Land that they had never seen. (Numbers 32:32). Ruth followed her mother-in-law to a strange country, the land of her mother-in-law’s people. (Ruth 1:16,17).
Do you know that Jesus’s own
mother and Joseph had to escape a wicked king, Herod, by leaving their
own land to go to a strange one! They fled into Egypt. You might have seen
the Pyramid of Egypt on the television. Guess who was with them?
Yes, the Lord Jesus! He was a very small child when that happened. Jesus often moved around when He was a man too, doing His ministry work. He often had no home at all! He stayed in other people’s houses:
“ And when they were departed,
the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying,
Arise, and take the young child and his mother,
and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:
for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” (Matthew 2:13).
God is with us if we have to
God never moves away from you, He is with you always!
EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS
The society we live in is showing
it is unstable in many ways. One way is the restlessness of its citizens.
They are rushing around, changing houses, changing jobs, changing their
minds about everything under the sun! Some people seem to move from house
to house, from apartment or flat to apartment, from one attempted career
to another, in order to find something to DO! There is boredom and meaninglessness
on every side. Those who know the Lord God are not like that, they
have meaning, purpose, God’s plan for them, and hope for the future which
is simply marvellous.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Honour the LORD with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: ...
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD;
neither be weary of his correction: “ (Proverbs 3: 5-11).