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Just Following Directions

Daily Devotional for April 24, 2014

Read: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Hannah listened as Miss Lewis explained what would be expected of the junior counselors at church camp. "You'll teach Bible stories to the younger kids, and it's important that your behavior is a good example to them," said Miss Lewis.

Hannah nodded, excited but also a bit nervous. Some of the kids act like we're just going for fun. What if they tempt me to goof off? she worried. I don't want to disappoint Miss Lewis--or God!

"That's it for today," finished Miss Lewis. "We'll go over more things when we meet again next week." So Hannah said goodbye and headed home.

"Hi, honey," Mom greeted her. "You're coming in just as I'm going out. I have a meeting at church in fifteen minutes." She pointed to a cookbook on the counter. "Think you can follow those directions and make a meatloaf for dinner while I'm gone?"

"Sure," agreed Hannah. "I'll just read them carefully and do what it says."

When Mom returned, dinner was ready. Everyone complimented Hannah on her meatloaf. Even her little brother had two good-sized helpings.

As they washed the dishes after dinner, Hannah told her mother about her concerns regarding camp. "Hm-m-m," murmured Mom. "Tell me . . . did you have any trouble making the meatloaf?"

"No," replied Hannah. "I just followed all the directions on the recipe."

Mom smiled. "Well," she said, "there are also directions for us to follow when we're worried or need help. Do you know where to find them?"

Hannah grinned. "Well, Miss Lewis is giving us lots of good directions,"she said, "but I don't think you mean her. I think you mean the Bible, don't you?"

"That's right," said Mom. "Pay close attention to what Miss Lewis tells you, but also think about the verses you've memorized and use them as recipes while you're at camp." Mom dried the last plate. "Follow God's directions, and you can't help but do a good job."

"Okay," Hannah agreed. "I'll start with the verse that says to obey those who are in authority--like Miss Lewis."

Is the Word of God a part of your daily life? Do you memorize verses regularly and then think about them and the lessons they teach? Today’s Scripture says to not only keep God’s Word in your heart, but also to talk about it when you sit, walk, lie down, and rise up. The Bible has verses to help you in all kinds of situations. Become familiar with passages that tell you what to do when you’re worried, afraid, or tempted. Make God’s Word a part of all your activities.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:16 (KJV)
I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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