Family Devotion2021-02-11T10:12:29-05:00

Family Devotion

A note from Mrs. Amanda:

We pray over you and your family as you lead them through this devotional time together. We encourage you to use these devotionals in lieu of Sunday night service and Wednesday activities. We pray this resource helps you grow together, dig into God’s Word, and individually grow in your relationships with Christ. Use these in coordination with additional online resources posted on our FBCD Children’s Ministry Facebook Page to keep your family focused straight a head on God wandering not to the left or the right, nor in fear of the unknown because we belong to a God who knows all and loves us so deeply we cannot fathom. We love you and are all in this together!

Sunday 6/21        Verse 8: Jeremiah 33:7-8

Devotion by John Majors

Don’t look down, they said. If you do, you won’t want to jump, they said. Well, I’ll show them. I’m not afraid to… oh, that is a long way down. Now I’m committed. And I can’t back out. You know what—let’s add a dive to really let them know this girl ain’t scared.

Her next memory was of a news anchor droning on about something or other in Vietnam and a riot in Milwaukee. A beeping sound pulsed behind her head. Everything was so white. And smelled like Lysol. No, wait—like a hospital. That’s weird. Lake water shouldn’t smell that way. Now her eyes were coming fully open; she saw a nurse. How did she get here? And why can’t I feel my arms?

It was the summer of 1967 and Joni Eareckson was eighteen years old. Her dive into water too shallow for the height left her with a broken neck. The doctor confirmed that she probably would never recover regular movement in her body again.

Jeremiah 33:7 says, “I will restore the fortune of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first.” God promises to ‘restore’ and ‘rebuild’ Judah and Israel. They had rebelled against Him and rejected Him, and yet God said He still would take them back. It’s a powerful promise and a major theme of the Bible: God is in the business of restoring broken things.

Joni knew she had a long road ahead. For a while she really struggled with anger and depression, even questioning her faith and God’s goodness. Why would He allow something like this to happen? But there came a point when she decided to turn her attention to improving herself. She learned to hold a brush with her mouth and paint pictures.

She learned to write holding a pen in her mouth. She still had her singing voice and her outgoing personality. She decided to use these talents to focus on the needs of others, so she started a ministry to people with disabilities. And through this God began to use her to reach the world.

So far she’s written almost FIFTY books, recorded several music albums, created TV and radio programs, movies, and spoken to arenas full of people. She’s met with multiple presidents, served on numerous boards and ministry councils; Millions of people have been touched by all she’s created. Her ministry even delivered over 180,000 free wheelchairs around the world. All of this without full use of her arms or legs.

Her body was injured, but her soul was restored. Though she probably wouldn’t have chosen her injury, God was using her in ways she never could have imagined otherwise.

After Devotion Question

In what ways did God “restore” Joni?

After Devotion Prayer

God, we all face situations that are challenging or even life-changing. Sometimes those occur because of our own poor decisions, but sometimes those are out of our control. No matter the reason for our circumstances, help us to trust you to restore and rebuild us to a place where we can best be used by you.

Source https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/twenty-verses-in-2020-verse-9-devotion-1-jeremiah-337-8/

Wednesday 6/24          Verse 8: Jeremiah 33:7-8

Devotion

Next time. He promised himself he would not get that angry again, next time. The last time, he hit his brother’s door so hard he was sure he broke his hand. But next time, he would be the model of self-control. He would show his family how mature and well adjusted he was. Now, the ‘next time’ had arrived. He couldn’t even remember exactly what it was his brother said, but in an instant, he was chasing him down the hall like a greyhound after a track-rabbit decoy.

They were about the same age, but there was one problem. His brother was ever so slightly faster. Before he could grab the younger sibling, his brother slipped into his room and slammed the door shut. As his brother disappeared, the door became a wall, stopping his full-speed momentum. He hit the door like a wrecking ball at a VCR factory—with a big job to do.

This time he heard a crack. The adrenaline was still pumping, so nothing hurt yet. He felt all over for the injury. He was dazed, but nothing was broken. Then he looked up and saw the gaping hole in one side of the door. Oops. Not sure how my brother will explain this one.

They sat down with their Dad. He talked with them about anger—how real men learn to control their anger and not be controlled by it. They discussed a few verses like, “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20), and “Be angry and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26), and “A soft answer turns away wrath.” (Proverbs 15:1). Then he said, “You guys, as brothers, should be building each other up, not tearing down. If you don’t love each other, who will?”

He read Jeremiah 33:7-8, which says, “I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.” They both confessed their sin to one another. They both sought forgiveness. They had done this before, but something changed in him that day. As the slightly older brother, he realized he had an opportunity to lead and be the one to restore and rebuild their relationship. From that day forward, instead of fighting with each other, they fought for each other.

Now back to the door with the gaping hole in it, staring down at them, reminding them of their sin. They assumed they’d have to pay to replace it, but Dad had a different idea. Instead of getting a new one, he flipped it around, so that the broken side faced in toward the older boy’s bedroom. To those outside the room, it appeared fully restored (only one side was broken), but to him, it served as a reminder of what uncontrolled anger can do. This wasn’t to shame or guilt him, but to remind him of the great power and responsibility he has as the older brother. He was forgiven and restored, yet there were still consequences to his decisions.

After Devotion Question

1. What changed for these brothers so that they no longer became so angry with each other?
2. How can we restore relationships that are broken?

After Devotion Prayer

God, we thank you so much for the family you’ve given us. Though we don’t always get along, we thank you that you’ve given us others with whom we can share life. Help us to be people who seek to restore and rebuild our relationships, rather than tear them down. Give us the courage and wisdom to control our anger toward others.

Source https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/twenty-verses-in-2020-verse-9-devotion-2-jeremiah-337-8/

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