Crossroads: Don’t Lose Heart

2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1

Your Story

Talk about a time when something bad happened in your life and you wanted to give up. Who encouraged you to keep going? Did you look to God for strength?

My Story and the Bible Story

We all have bad days sometimes. Maybe we forget to do something important like studying for a test or doing homework, we drop things, we step in giant puddles, we are late for an important event, and on and on. But there are also times when bad days become something more. We get a bad grade on a test and feel like a failure. A parent gets fired from a job. Your pet dies. You have to move far away from your friends.

When I was a kid, I had a bad year. I didn’t have any friends at school. My church was going through a tough time, and I didn’t have any friends there either. My mom and my stepdad were getting a divorce. That was a tough year, and I wanted to give up. But I was reminded of a popular saying that went by the acronym FROG: Fully Rely on God. Relying on God is what helped me through that tough time. It’s what Paul tells his readers to do in his letter to the Corinthians.

Read 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that, even though times were tough, they were struggling, and it seemed like things were falling part, God was with them. Paul reminded them that God continued to work on them every single day and that God was making something new. God’s grace was with them no matter what. When things are tough, God’s grace is there. When things are good, God’s grace is there. We may face troubles, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t with us. It doesn’t matter what is happening in our lives, God is with us.

When we think about eternity with God, our troubles can seem smaller. When we think about last week when life felt so hard, it doesn’t seem quite as bad now. God helps us get through tough times and reminds us about all the good times we will have in heaven. Whenever you struggle and whenever bad things happen, don’t lose heart! Remember that God is with you. God will help you get through. And someday, all your troubles will be gone. There is a wonderful celebration waiting for us in eternity!

Discussion and Prayer

  1. Ask your kids to talk about hard things they are going through right now.
  2. Encourage your family. Remind them that God is always with them.
  3. Talk about ways we can remember God is there and recognize how God helps us.
  4. Pray, thanking God for helping us through tough times and asking for strength to face today’s difficulties.

Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.

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