Family Devotions

There are few times in my life that I feel more blessed than when my whole family is sitting around the table eating dinner together. My kids get along great with each other, and it’s fun to talk about life as we enjoy a good, home-cooked meal. Often (but for sure not all the time), I will read a verse from the Bible and we’ll spend a few minutes talking about it. It seems like the right place for that kind of conversation in that we are all there, the mood is right, and as long as I don’t drone on too long, they are willing participants.

Helpful Tip: As I read things or hear of stories that I think that would be good to talk about as a family, I just write them down in my Notes App on my iPhone. That way, they are always easily accessible and I don’t have to rely on my memory.

A few months ago at dinner, I read a verse in my personal devotional time that I thought would make for a good, easy discussion, specifically Psalm 118:8-9: “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”

Over a few minutes at dinner, we made a list about why it was better to trust in the Lord rather than princes. Here’s what we came up with:

Six Reasons That It Is Better To Trust In The Lord Rather Than Princes

  1. Princes don’t care about us, but God loves us. John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  2. Princes have some power, but God has all the power. Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
  3. Princes lie and change their mind, but God never does. Numbers 23:19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
  4. Princes are unable to help us in our time of greatest need, but that’s not true of God. We didn’t come up with a specific verse for this point, but we discussed how, at the key moments in life, no person has the power or wisdom to help you. No prince can can guide you in a big decision or provide comfort in an emergency or guarantee your future. God alone can do those things.
  5. Princes might be smart, but God is omniscient. Isaiah 46:9-10: “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.”
  6. Princes forget, but God cannot forget his promises. Deuteronomy 7:9: “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

Are there any that you can add to our list?

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