Sometimes children can be too honest with their words. This devotion is meant to help kids see the not so obvious thing that is needed.
Question: What is going on in this comic? (Charlie Brown gets hit so hard is clothes get scattered)
Question: Is Lucy telling Charlie Brown something good? (Yes)
Question: It is important to have our clothes, but what does Charlie Brown need the most right now? (encouragement)
Some men brought to him a man who could not walk. He was lying on a mat. Jesus saw that they had faith. So he said to the man, “Don’t lose hope, son. Your sins are forgiven.”
Matthew 9:2 (NIrV)
Question: Why did this man come to Jesus (To Be Healed)
Question: What did Jesus do instead? (Forgive his sins)
Question: What is more important, walking or having sins forgiven? (forgiveness)
Sometimes in life, we need something different than the obvious. In the comic, Charlie Brown doesn’t need to know where his clothes have gone, he needs something different. Does he need his clothes back? Yes, but he needs more to be encouraged and built up from being totally embarrassed on the field.
In the Bible verse, the paralytic came to Jesus wanted to walk. It is obvious that this man wanted to walk, but instead Jesus sees his heart and forgives his sins. That didn’t fix the problem that presented, but Jesus knew he needed something more.
Sometimes you can tell people the truth, but they don’t need that at the right moment. They need to have something a little extra. Maybe when your (insert sibling) or (insert friend) does something they need to know how proud you are, instead of telling them that you are better.
Question: What can you do today that can give someone that little extra something?
Additional Reading: Matthew 9:1-8