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Daily Devotional for November 30, 2022

Read: Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:8; 11:28-30; James 4:8

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Sara and Mom left church and headed out to Uncle Dan and Aunt Susan's farm for lunch. Sara couldn't wait to meet her cousin's new pygmy goats!

On the way, Mom asked Sara what her Sunday school class had discussed that morning.

"We talked about worship," Sara said. "Mrs. Taylor told us that God created us to worship Him. We worship when we go to church, right?"

Before Mom could answer, they'd arrived. Sara's cousin Charlie ran to the car. "Come meet Max and Mavis!" He grabbed Sara's hand and led her inside a fenced area next to the barn. "Sit still and they might come over," Charlie said. He sat next to Sara on the grass.

The two small goats jumped in the air, ran around the yard, and butted heads in a play battle. At first, they ignored the cousins, but eventually Mavis came close enough for Sara to stroke her back. Then she went off to climb a wooden platform.

"They're so cute," Sara told Charlie.

"Yeah," agreed Charlie. "I love it when they come over and let me pet them. I just wish they did that more often!" He grinned. "Don't they know I feed them, fill their water dish, and clean up their messes?" They laughed. Charlie sounded like a parent.

On the way home, Mom brought up the topic of worship. "I think God feels a little like Charlie does with his goats," she said.

"What do you mean?" asked Sara.

"Charlie cares for his goats. He makes sure they have everything they need, and he loves it when they come to him. It's similar to us as Christians. We're God's children. He loves us and provides for us, and He wants us to enjoy being in His presence every day."

"I guess worshiping God only on Sundays is kind of like Mavis only letting me pet her for two seconds," said Sara.

Mom nodded. "Worship is something we do at church, but it can also be anything we do with an awareness of Jesus's love and presence and a desire to serve Him. That's where we find true joy."

"Maybe we could read the Bible together before bed," suggested Sara.

Mom nodded. "That's a great way to spend time with God!"

-Bonnie Carr

Did you know that God wants to spend time with you? Praying, reading the Bible, talking about God with your family and friends—these are just some of the ways you can spend time in Jesus’s presence. As Christians, we have a relationship with Jesus, and that means we can talk with Him, serve Him, and worship Him every day. Draw near to Him and enjoy spending time in His loving presence.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (NKJV)

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