CrossKids Devo | Obedience
6/17/2020 – Obedience – Jonah 1:4, Acts 8:29-33
Activity – How RU Doing
Draw a line on a sheet of paper. Place a 1 on the left end of the line, a 10 on the right, and a 5 in the middle. As kids arrive, ask them to pencil in their initials on the line.
Say: If your day was so awful you wish you'd slept through it, place your initials by the 1. If it was a great day and you wish you could repeat, put your initials by the 10. Place your initials anywhere on the line that shows how you feel today.
Bible Time – Trusting – Jonah 1:4, Acts 8:29-33
Verse Of The Day: Jonah 1:4
Read: Acts 8:29-33
Story: Continued from Yesterday Philip answered God’s call in a much different way than Jonah did. Because of how Philip and Jonah answered God’s call we see two very different things happen in their lives. The Holy Spirit led Philip to preach to an Ethiopian man while Jonah found himself in the middle of a great storm on the sea. Which place do you think that you would rather be? How we answer the Lord when He calls us to do something is very important. We see that the Lord used Philip in a great way when he was obedient. He shared some things from God’s word with the Ethiopian and he was saved! Wow! God can use us in the same way when we are obedient.
But we see Jonah getting himself into a big mess because he ran from God. Philip had faith in the Lord and was able to share about Jesus, but Jonah could not get past his hatred of the people of Nineveh and missed out on the Lord’s blessings for obedience. The Bible says that the Lord disciplines those whom He loves. He loved Jonah and He loves you and me. That means that just like a loving father, He will discipline us at times. We see here that Jonah found himself in a world of trouble because of his disobedience. He ends up being thrown overboard from the ship and swallowed by a big fish! But God was still in control and was about to work some really neat things into Jonah's heart.
When the Lord calls us to “go” we have to remember that He is in complete control of every situation. We need to be obedient even if we don’t want to and trust He will give us strength. Sometimes just telling others that we are Christians and that Jesus died for them can seem either too hard or even too simple to us. But remember that God will help us with the very words to say. It is when we disobey or run from God that we end up making a mess of things. When we obey there is so much that the Lord can do with our lives. What plans does He have for you? Continued on Thursday
Are you willing to “go” where God leads?
Will He still be in control of things even if we disobey?
The Bible says that God will _____________ those whom He ___________.
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
Rebel: To go against God’s will.