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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[It should be enough to know that He loves us.]
To feel secure, all children need is a loving look and gentle touch from someone who cares. They believe us because they trust us. Jesus said that people should trust in Him with this kind of childlike faith. We do not have to understand all the mysteries of the universe; it should be enough to know that God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. This doesn’t mean that we should be childish or immature, but we should trust God with a child’s simplicity and receptivity. (NLT)
Mark 10:13-16 – One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.” Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” –Mark 10:15 (NIV)
“Story” – Brock Knoll (Iowa, USA) titled his story “A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM;” here is a portion of Brock’s story:
“Because of illness, I haven’t been able to attend church services regularly. However, I did get a surprise and blessing when children from my church knocked on my door one evening to give me a stone they had painted with ‘We (heart symbol) you!’ Their craftwork now sits on my nightstand so that as each new day begins and ends, their loving gift reminds me of God’s love.
“. . . In today’s reading, he rebuked those who would attempt to separate him from children. In fact, he stood a child before these adults to give a living example of what the kingdom of God is like: innocent, open, unpretentious, unreservedly loving.
“It is a sacred responsibility to raise the children in our lives to know the ways of God through teaching and example. Like a family, we as a church take special care of the children among us, through Sunday school, church camp, youth choir, or other programs. But there is a danger that we adults see these opportunities as only one-way. Perhaps each of us should consider the children around us and ask: What can they teach me?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Children are the best teachers when it comes to God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Loving God, may we be reborn with the wonder and joy of seeing you with childlike faith. Amen.
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