Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thursday Devotion

I wrote a couple of devotions for church camp this year.  The following is the devotion the campers will be reading today at Sr. High camp.

"God is Greater Than our Past, Present, and Future"
by Jared Altic

One of my favorite television shows is "American Pickers."  These two guys travel all over America, digging thru barns and backyards looking for junk to re-sell.  It's ridiculous what they think is valuable, a rusted-out bicycle frame, a 50-year-old broken toy, a rusty motorcycle engine. They snatch it up, paying hundreds of dollars for what had just been sitting uselessly in someone's yard.  But they're experts.  They know that some junk isn't really junk.  Where other people see rusty trash, those experts see what they call "rusty gold."

God is an expert in the subject of you.  And he sees "rusty gold."

He knows your real value, even if you've been left rusting in someone's backyard for years.  He knows how badly you deserve to be appreciated and loved, not ignored or mistreated.  God knows that you should belong to him, now and forever.

1 Pet 5:8-11 says, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen."

Our God sees the suffering you've endured, whether from your sins or the sins of someone else.  But when you choose to belong to Him, He will restore you.  He will make you valuable again.  Our God will make you strong.  He then can use that experience so that you can help others.

No matter what has happened in your past, God knows what your present and future can be in Him.

Pray:  How has God used broken people in the past? How am I like a lost valuable, covered in rust, that God can restore and use?  With God's strength, what can He do with me now and in my future?

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