Keep Your Courage – June 26, 2024

Read: Acts 27:13-26

When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
Acts 27:20-25

Keep Your Courage

Family Devotion – June 26, 2024

Devotion based on Acts 27:20-25

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There was once a soldier who was known for being brave in battle. Even in the middle of a war, he wasn’t afraid. Someone asked him, “Why aren’t you scared? How can you fight as though you’re not worried?” He said, “I can’t die until the day God has decided for me. That gives me courage. No matter how fierce the fighting, I can’t die until the day God has decided for me.”

That soldier sounds a lot like Paul in the Bible. Paul wasn’t caught in the middle of a battle, but he was caught in the middle of a fierce hurricane. Can you imagine that? Paul was in the middle of the ocean with huge waves slamming against his boat. Doesn’t that sound terrifying?

As the winds raged, everyone on the ship panicked. It looked like there was no hope. It seemed like they were all going to die. But Paul wasn’t scared. Why? He knew that he couldn’t die until the day God had decided for him. He said, “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar, and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (Acts 27:23-25).

God probably hasn’t told you how long you’re going to live. But God has planned out every day of your life, just like he did for Paul. No matter what scary thing you face, no matter how much the waves rage, you can be sure, “I can’t die until the day God has decided for me.”

Do you see how that makes you brave? Like that soldier, like Paul, keep your courage! Even in the middle of the storm, you can trust—I can’t die until the day God has decided for me.

Closing Prayer:

Dear Jesus, sometimes life makes us feel like we’re in the middle of a storm. We get worried and afraid. Forgive us for not trusting in you. Help us to believe your promise that you have planned out every day of our lives. In all the storms of life, give us faith to say, “We can’t die until the day God has decided for us.” Amen.

The questions below are to help families discuss this devotion. The questions are divided by age group as suggestions, but anyone could reflect on any of the questions as they desire.

Questions for Younger Children

  • Why do you think the people on Paul’s ship were so scared?
  • What are some things that make you scared?

Questions for Elementary Age Children

  • What gave the soldier in the devotion the courage to fight in battles?
  • What gave Paul in the Bible courage even in the middle of the hurricane?

Questions for Middle School and Above

  • Why does it give us courage to know that we can’t die before the day God has decided for us?
  • Describe someone in your life who is going through a difficult time. How could you give them courage from God and his Word?

 

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