Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
I shared this with the kids we did Backyard Bible Club with in Kenner, Louisiana. We went out and played a game of basketball with a group of eight kids. Let me tell you, it was one of the hardest games I have ever played. After the game was over, I sat everybody down and I showed them a hammer that we found in the yard - and asked them what it was. Everyone answered that it was a hammer, and I asked them, ”What would happen if I tried to play basketball with this hammer? Would it make a good ball?” They all said, “NO!” Why? Because it wouldn’t bounce. I then grabbed the basketball and asked, “How about this? Would it work?” Of course, they all responded, ”YES!” I asked them why the hammer wouldn’t work but the ball would, and one of the kids explained it was because the ball was round. I said, “That’s what you’d think, but the truth is this: I can’t play basketball with a hammer because it doesn’t have the right stuff, but the ball does.”
The basketball is made to bounce back, just like we are. God gave us the ability to bounce back from any situation. When things aren’t going well for us, we can either be a basketball or a hammer. We can choose to hit the floor and stay there, or we can bounce back to where we were before. We can do that because we are made with the right stuff. God gives us the strength to overcome that which brings us down. He gives us courage when we are afraid. He gives us the ability to bounce back! Remember that the next time you are feeling down, the next time you are sad, angry or lonely. You can bounce back. You can do it! God can help you!
Personal Application: Are you filling yourself up with the right stuff? Your quiet time? Your prayer time?
Home Application: Not only should you be filled with the right stuff, but show those around you as well. Talk to them about their prayer life, their quiet time, and share what you are doing.
In what ways are you filling up with the Right Stuff?
Devotional written by Luis Holguin