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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Father’s Protection

Kids Bible Devotional for June 13, 2024

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Focus Verse

Acts 2:25 King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (NLT)

Jump Start

“Every child needs a hero. A son needs a man he can imitate, and a daughter needs a man who will make her feel protected and secure. Who better to be that hero than Dad?”

Dads can come in many forms. They can be someone’s real dad, or stepdad, or grandfather, or a big brother who takes up that role for his younger brothers and sisters. Even brave, single mothers can carry the role of dad for their families. If you have someone in your life whom you can imitate or who makes you feel protected and secure, you are blessed.

But we’re not just here to talk about fathers, although they are worth a heartfelt shout-out. We are here to talk about our Heavenly Father. Jesus said in Matthew 6 that our Heavenly Father forgives, provides, and knows what we have need of before we ask. He values us so much that we have nothing to worry about because of Him.

Jesus not only taught this, but He lived it. He braved the cross because He knew God would raise Him up.

Today's Devotion

Emma’s dad took her to the pool to teach her to swim. After learning a few strokes with his help, the time had come for her to swim on her own.

“Okay, Emma, stand on my knees. I’ll hold you. Then, when I count to three, I want you to jump off and swim to that wall on the other side of the pool, okay?”

Emma balanced herself on his knees. Dad grabbed her by the waist to keep her steady.  “Okay, get ready.  One. Two. Three. Jump!”

Emma plunged headlong into the water. Her dad stayed close beside her as she splashed her way to the opposite side of the pool.

When she reached it, she grabbed the wall, and turned back to her father, giggling.

“You did it, Emma!” Her dad gave her a high-five. “You did so good. I’m so proud of you! You were so very brave, especially on your very first try. Where did you get your courage?”

“I knew you were right beside me and would catch me if I got into trouble. So, I kept my eyes on the wall.”

“That was very smart of you, Emma. And you were right. I would have caught you before anything happened. You kept your eyes on the wall, and I kept my eyes on you.”

Wrap Up

Jesus did not fear death because He knew that God would raise Him up. Even though He suffered, He knew He’d rise victorious after three days.

Likewise, we need not worry if God is with us. In Matthew 6, when Jesus told the people that they should not worry because our Heavenly Father would provide their needs, He told them what to do instead. He said, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Like in our devotion, Emma kept her eyes focused on the goal, while Dad focused on her. We can do the same with God. Put God first. He’s got your back.

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