Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Samuel 2:26

Do you ever find it difficult to stand up for God when it seems like everyone else you know is going the other direction? Maybe your best friends are making bad choices, getting involved with sex, drinking, or simply not following after the things of God.

Samuel probably felt a lot like you might. He lived in the temple, but the people he was surrounded with (Eli’s sons) were very wicked. I’m sure there were times when that might have bothered Samuel.

However, it shows that Samuel didn’t let the bad choices of the people around him stop him from serving God. It says that Samuel grew in favor with the Lord. That means he probably was spending time in the presence of God. He was probably praying and reading the scriptures. He wasn’t letting those people around him stop him from getting to know God.

As a result, Samuel grew both physically and in favor with the Lord. He loved the Lord, knew Him, and spent time with Him.

Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the LORD and with the people. – 1 Samuel 2:26 (NLT)

So if you feel alone in your stand with God, don’t worry. Many times in history people like Samuel have had to stand up for their faith, and it often feels lonely. However, standing up for God is worth it. You’ll never regret taking the time to have a deep and meaningful relationship with God.

Decide to start this new school year off right. Determine that you’ll stand for God even if you feel alone. Standing up for what’s right is always worth it!

Today’s Truth: Standing up for what’s right is always worth it

Pray: Dear God, I ask for your help. There are times that I feel like the only person serving you. I know that serving you is worth it in the end. Help think of practical ways to stay encouraged in my walk with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Things to think about and discuss

  1. When is a time when you felt all alone in your stand for Jesus?
  2. What things help you stay encouraged when you feel all alone?

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  • Reply
    August 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Could you do a devotion on mental health and/or eating disorders?? I’m a teen that struggles with severe depression and an eating disorder.

    • Reply
      August 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      Gillian – you bet we can. We will get that topic added to our list of devo topics to write about. We also pray for you in the meantime that God will strengthen you and help you.

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