Today’s devotion is written by Pastor Becky Postlewait.
When accepting the role as Pastor of Children’s Ministries at First Church I knew I would become familiar with the Common English Bible translation and I purchased two new Bibles from Cokesbury – a CEB Wesley Study Bible and the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible. I have learned to really appreciate the CEB translation. In my previous sister-Wesleyan denomination, the New International Version was primarily used. I always enjoy The Message translation. The Message is like seeing the scriptures through fresh eyes. This is also true of the CEB—and it’s kid friendly!
CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible has a devotional on Acts 28:1-10 in the margins. These are scattered throughout the Kids Bible. These devotions are called “God’s Thoughts, My Thoughts.” This devotion gives details of the passage – the crazy journey, the safe landing, Paul’s snake bite with no injury, the hospitality of the Maltese, and God working through Paul to heal many. The devotion concludes with these words, “No matter what happens – even if things don’t follow our plans – God will use us to do God’s work wherever we find ourselves.”
Acts 28 is another example of God showing to Paul (and to us) what Paul says in Romans 8:28, “We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I don’t know why hard times come and I don’t know why we go through hard times! Paul went through many hard times and we certainly are living through difficult times right now. As John Wesley says “The best of it all is, God is with us.” If you need some encouragement, try reading Romans 8:18-39.
Here are the two reflection questions from the Deep Blue Kids Bible devotion for Acts 28:1-10.
When have you been frustrated by hard times in your life?
Have you ever seen God take a bad situation and turn it into something good?
What are your thoughts, comments, questions?