AMPLIFY: The Unchanging God
Lesson 52: The God of Forever
Lesson 52, Devotion 1
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. - John 16:33
Even acknowledging our trials are very brief in light of eternity will not immediately alleviate the pain and the struggles that come along with them. You may be hurting right now. You may be in a tough spot financially, heartbroken over a relationship, questioning your future, or wrestling with things from your past. God sees you. God knows what you are going through. He will never leave you to figure out this situation on your own.
Meditate on John 16:33. If you need help focusing, try saying the verse aloud, emphasizing a new word each time. Allow the peace of God – which surpasses all understanding – to be your guide today.
Lesson 52, Devotion 2
The Church – made up of people just like you and me – looks very different among varying cultures. There are some places around the world where being a Christian openly can lead to harsh punishment, imprisonment, or even death.
Today, spend some time pray for the persecuted Church.
Think about this:
What do I take for granted living in a country that practices freedom of religion?
How can I learn more about and support the persecuted Church around the world?
Lesson 52, Devotion 3
Read Psalm 136. The psalmist is writing about God’s faithfulness to His people. He recounts specific accounts of things God has done. As he recalls details of God’s goodness, he emphasizes how God’s steadfast love endures forever. Did you get the psalmist’s main point? Here’s a hint: it’s the phrase he repeats 26 times.
Let’s allow Merriam-Webster to define these words in detail:
Steadfast – firmly fixed in place; not subject to change.
Love – strong affection for another; unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.
Endures – to continue in the same state; to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding.
Forever – for a limitless time; at all times, continually.
Use your journal or note-taking app to consider the following questions:
When you look back at your own life, what can you recount God doing that makes you give thanks to the Lord?
How can you build a better habit of praise into your daily life?
Ask God to help you be reminded of how you can praise Him for everything in your life!