Good Morning Daddy, on today please deliver us from the love of our own comfort, from a life of worldly passions, from the need to be understood, from the need to be accepted. Father delivers us from the fear of being lonely, from the fear of serving others, from the fear of death, trials & humility. Deliver us oh God that we shall not want, but to taste and see that you are good, that we may be free to freely live 4 you, in Jesus name we pray, Amen!
I will let God empty me out so he can fill me up.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
Colossians 1:9-10, 12 NIV
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Today’s Youth Devotional
The Water TankBible Reading: Psalm 18:24-28
To the faithful you show yourself faithful. Psalm 18:25
Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Proverbs 3:3, NIV
A STORY IS told of a village in a part of the world that is rainy for a small part of the year and dry throughout the rest of the year.
One year the village elders announced a plan: Everyone in the village was to bring a single cup of water to a large tank in the center of the town during the rainy season. Then, when the dry season came and water was scarce, the village would still have water, and they would all share equally the water in the tank.
The villagers all cheered the elders’ plan, and it was agreed. The rainy season came and went; dust began to settle on the village, the ground began to crack from the dryness, and water became scarce.
Then the day arrived when the elders agreed that the tank should be opened and the precious water should be shared among the villagers. Everyone gathered around the tank with cups and bowls, and a spirit of celebration was in the air. With great ceremony, the elders opened the tank-and discovered that not a drop of water was to be found inside!
Only then was it learned that not one of the villagers who had agreed to the elders’ plan had given a single cup of water. Each had assumed that his or her cup of water would not be missed, and so the water tank had sat empty throughout the rainy season. The village was without water.
It’s easy to think that no one will notice our unfaithfulness. It’s easy to skip church or not attend a club meeting at school or decide not to fulfill a promise we’ve made to a friend, thinking “no one will notice” or “it’s no big deal.”
But unfaithfulness doesn’t hurt only those who are depending on us; it hurts us, too. If each of the villagers had brought his or her cup of water, that water would have been returned to them all. If you are faithful, you’ll receive faithfulness back-from God and from others, many times over.
REFLECT: What do you think would have happened if the villagers in the story above had kept their agreement? Do you ever act like those villagers, thinking no one will notice your irresponsibility or unfaithfulness? Have you ever been hurt or disappointed by someone’s unfaithfulness? Have you ever been hurt or disappointed by your own unfaithfulness?
PRAY: Read the words of Psalm 18:25-28 out loud, this time making them your prayer to God.
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