Laying All Fears and Anxieties on God
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. The peace of God, which transcends all understandings, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).
There can be some situations in which you feel scared or anxious. We humans can forget about Jesus and focus on the problem and how we are supposed to handle it. I am not saying you will never be scared, but instead to cast your fears on God. For example, if you are driving in a car and mud splashes on your windshield, instead of swerving with fear, turn on your windshield wipers.
Dear Heavenly Father, cover me with your love and protection. Help me to turn on my windshield wipers by laying all my fears and anxiety on you. Be with me as I trust you to get me through it all. Amen.
— Devotion written by Marissa, grade 7, St. Michael Lutheran School in Portage
Knights defend their castle, even when the most fearsome enemy of all approaches. They do whatever it takes to save their castle and king from harm. A lot of knights would even give up their life in order to save fellow comrades and their leaders. But if you were a knight in that type of situation, would you give up everything, even your life?
I’m just going to go ahead and guess that you said no. One person has already done that, and He did it for everyone. That person is Jesus. While Jesus was on the cross, He didn’t have anything. He was about to die. Jesus was willing to do anything to protect His castle—us—from sin and the devil. But He didn’t stay dead. If He stayed dead, that wouldn’t have helped. Jesus wouldn’t have conquered death and the devil, and the devil would have taken over our castle. Instead, He rose again to fully save us.
God will never stop protecting us, and never leave us alone to face our enemy. In Deuteronomy 31:6, the Bible says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” This means that we have no reason to be afraid. Our knight will never leave us, no matter the enemy.
— Devotion written by Jonah, grade 7, St. John Lutheran School in Rogers City
These devotions conclude the 2019 celebration of Lutheran Schools Week