After school one Monday night, Cole and his little brother Carl were watching TV, when all of a sudden the TV showed a tornado warning. Susan, their mom, told them to go to the basement. At that moment it started to get really windy and Carl was terrified. Their dad told them to hurry up and get to the basement, that they were going to be OK.
So they all went to the basement and, five minutes later, a tree fell on their neighbor’s garage. Carl started to cry. Cole said that he would read him a Bible verse and he read Deuteronomy 31:6. It said, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” This verse made Carl feel comforted, and he thanked Cole for reading it.
After the tornado was over, Carl said that they should thank God for keeping them safe and then they prayed, “Thank you for protecting us even when we are scared. Help us to know that you will not leave us or forsake us. Help us to look to you in all of our fears and be strong and courageous in all of our troubles. Amen.”
–Devotion written by Lauren, grade 7, Our Savior Lutheran School in Marlette
“He makes war cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’”(Psalm 46:9–10).
Have you ever had a time in your life when nothing was going your way and you wondered why God would let something that bad happen to you? I have those days all the time. When I have those days, I just remember that God always has a plan and will take care of us all of the time. We don’t have to worry about what will happen next because God knows and will guide us through it. Even though we may have earthly wars and it may seem like nothing will get better, His Spirit is there to help us and He and promises to never leave us. He always has a good plan for our lives.
In times of trouble, be still and do not worry about what happens on earth because heaven is our true home. When we get there, we will live with Jesus forever and everything will be perfect.
Dear Lord, thank you for always having a plan for me and helping me through when bad things happen. Thank you for always caring for me and loving me. Amen.
–Devotion written by Breanna, grade 6, Immanuel Lutheran School in Frankentrost