Focus on God's Faithfulness
Holy Week - Wednesday, March 28
Sears family - Craig, Renata, Lillian, and Oliver - Craig has been part of RPC since 1978 and Renata became a member of RPC in June 2007
I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. - Jeremiah 24:7 (NASB)
In this busy world, there are many distractions that vie for our attention: work, family, friends, sports, extracurricular activities, news, social media, politics, celebrity drama, you name it. We often fill our schedules and our minds with all of these distractions, but don't reserve time to spend with God.
One amazing truth is that even when our focus is not on God, His focus remains on us. He continues to love us, protect us, and work to bring us closer to Him. In the David Crowder song "I Am," the refrain goes:
Holding on to you
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
Our response to God's unwavering attention should be to draw ourselves closer to Him and keep our focus on him. But our discipline is weak. We are easily distracted. The pace of modern life and technology pushes information at us so quickly, we become overwhelmed and numbed to any sense of God's presence. This pace is not what God intended. He wants us steadfastly focused on him, keeping Him in the forefront of our minds.
Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God!"
It is extremely difficult to regain focus without first sitting still and feeling God's presence. After time spent in quiet reflection with God, we feel more drawn to God and ready to return to him with our whole hearts, as Jeremiah said.
Questions for Kids
- When we are distracted, what can we do to bring our focus to God?
- Listen to the David Crowder song "I Am" with your family. What does it tell you about God?
Heavenly Father, even when we are distracted with the busyness of life, please help us turn our focus to You. Thank You for Your guidance and for staying focused on us, even when we are not focused on You. Help us return to you with our whole heart. Amen.
The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.
The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?
This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.
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