Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)
Scripture Reading & Devotional
“Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up” (Galatians 6:9 TLB).
Is there something you feel like giving up on? Maybe it’s your marriage. It seems like it’s just dead and going nowhere. Maybe it’s your career. You’ve tried and tried and tried to make a difference, and it just isn’t happening. Maybe you feel like giving up on a dream or a goal—or even yourself.
Here’s an important thing to know. A thousand years before you were born, God knew that you would be reading this today, so God could have me say this to you as a friend: Don’t give up.
The tunnel may seem extremely dark right now, but there is always a light at the end. It may be just around the corner! You are known by God, loved by God—and you have a purpose that God designed you uniquely to fulfill.
Don’t think what you’re doing doesn’t matter. Don’t give up on doing the right thing. Don’t think anyone would be better off without you. Those are lies from the mouth of the Devil himself. Remember what God has said about you. Remember that he wants to bless you.
Don’t give up. Look up to God. Find a spiritual family—a church and a small group—to help you through the tough times. Meditate on God’s Word for encouragement.
Most of all, don’t give up on God. He will never give up on you!
Devotional Courtesy of Rick Warren
Talk It Over
- What do you want to give up on today? Why does it seem like a dead end to you?
- How can a spiritual family, such as a small group, help you through dark times? How have you been able to provide that kind of encouragement to someone before?
- Is there a “right thing” you’ve been doing that has just worn you out? Why might God want you to keep going?
Prayer: Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.