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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Pray About It

Kids Bible Devotional for March 14, 2024

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Focus Verse

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (NKJV)

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Do you trust me? Well, do you?

When someone asks if you trust them, it really depends on who’s asking, right? If it’s someone who is, well, not very trustworthy, the answer is a resounding, “No”. If it is God, it depends on our faith in Him, right?

The circus provides a great illustration of trust by way of a trapeze act. There are two main people in the trapeze: the flyer and the catcher. The flyer’s job is to launch from the swing at the right moment. The catcher’s job is to catch the flyer in the air. The flyer must never panic or try to help the catcher do his job. To do so, could spell disaster. There is a moment in the performance when the flyer is suspended in nothingness. She can no longer return to the safety of the swing. She must await the moment when she is caught by the hands of the catcher.

This is just what faith looks like at times. We step out in faith and trust God that He will keep us from falling. One important first step of faith we make is to pray for wisdom. We need God to guide our steps and help us to know which direction to take.

Today's Devotion

Scott walked into the kitchen when he overheard his father say to his mother, “It’s a great offer, but I’m just not so sure about it.”

“Sure about what?” Scott said, reaching for a bottled water in the refrigerator.

His father and mother spun toward Scott. “I didn’t see you there, sport,” Dad said. “I was just telling your mother that I got a job offer, but it’s a thousand miles away.”

“Well, I know what you would tell me if I were in your shoes.” Scott took a drink of water. “You’d tell me to pray about it.”

One month later, Scott’s father bounded into his room where he found Scott lounging on his bed, reading a book.

“Remember the other day when I told you about that job offer several states over?”

“Is this the one you were talking to mom about?” Scott replied.

“That’s the one. Well, I turned it down. I just got a call from another company. They offered me another job that is in town. You’re looking at the new Manager of the Central Region.”

“That’s terrific,” Scott said.

“And I have you to thank for it, buddy.”

“Me?” Scott asked, perplexed.

“Yep. You gave me some great advice. You told me to pray about it. I prayed long and hard for God to give me wisdom. Afterwards, I just didn’t feel right taking the position so far away. I felt God tell me to wait. I did, and not only do we not have to move, but I’ll be making more money with this latest job than I would have at that job. And, you know what that means?”

“You’re going to buy me a car?” Scott blurted out.

His father laughed. “You’re not even old enough to drive, son. No, you, your mother and I are going to Disneyland for the summer.”

Scott jumped to his feet. “Yippee! I have a feeling that plan is in God’s will, too,” he joked.

Wrap Up

Someone once gave me a great explanation between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is understanding what something says or means. Wisdom is knowing how to use it to your own advantage. You may know how a car works, but driving one takes training, experience, and maturity.

God wants us to know how to apply His word to our lives. He wants us to follow in the steps that He has prepared for us. It’s so important to learn the Word of God and to know how Scripture applies to our lives.

Do you need God’s wisdom about an important matter in your life? Well, take Scott’s advice from the devotion. Pray about it.

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