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The Challenge of Change
• READ: PSALM 46:1-2
If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that nothing stays the same forever.
Moving. Changing schools. Leaving school forever. New friends. New teachers. New challenges. Changes within our family or within our church.
Our lives are in a constant state of flux.
How do you feel about change? Is it something you embrace or tend to run a mile from?
Floods. Earthquakes. Landslides. One distressing event after another. It can be unsettling to watch the news. But that’s where the good news comes in!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Another word for refuge is fortress—a strong tower we can run to.
God is not just present; He’s VERY present. That means He’s not just a bystander, watching from afar. He’s intimately involved in the details of our lives. Jesus is always with us (Matthew 28:20). His Holy Spirit indwells us, even when we face seasons of challenging change (Luke 12:11-12).
He’s with us when we walk through the doors of a new school. He’s with us when our family goes through hardship. He’s with us in the operating room. He’s with us in the exam. He’s with us when friends come and go.
So whatever change or challenge you are facing today, remember: in Christ, God has not left you to face it alone. He’s not just present; He’s VERY present. You can count on Him to help you through your season of change. • Angela Jelf
• Are you (or any of your friends) facing change today?
• Are you ever fearful when you turn on the news?
• Take a moment to talk to God, your refuge and ever-present help. How can the promises from today’s Bible passage bring you comfort in seasons of challenging change?
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)
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The Shepherd's Voice
• READ: JOHN 10:11-16, 27-28; 1 PETER 2:24-25
"The sheep are too close to the road!” I said to my husband while on our daily walk, which took us past a field where we frequently saw sheep grazing. However, on this day, the green grass near the road enticed them into dangerous territory: the yard between the shepherd’s house and a busy road.
We alerted the shepherd, and he confirmed the sheep were in an off-limits area. When he called to them, they immediately turned from the lush grass and followed him to the safe pasture.
This scene reminded me of Jesus’ words in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
What are the blessings of following the Good Shepherd?
• Jesus gave His life for us (John 10:11).
• Jesus protects us (John 10:12-13).
• Through Jesus, we know God the Father (John 10:14-15).
• Jesus gives us eternal life (John 10:28).
As Christians, what is our response to the Good Shepherd’s voice?
• We know Him (John 10:14).
• We recognize His voice and follow Him (John 10:27-28).
Many voices demand our attention, so how do we make sure we’re hearing the Good Shepherd’s voice? As we read the Bible and pray, the Holy Spirit allows us to hear Jesus’ voice and shows us how to follow Him.
By responding to the Shepherd’s voice, we receive more than just safe pasture. We follow the One who took our sins to the cross and made us right before God. Our eternal destiny is with Jesus, the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20). • Debbie Ewald
• It’s easy to listen to voices other than the Good Shepherd. What are some lies we sometimes believe instead of listening to Jesus?
• What are some Scripture passages you can use to refute the lies you listed above?
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 (NKJV)