Aug 11, 2020

Devotional - Sarah Richter

Loucon Devotional

Hi everyone my name is Sarah Richter; I have been a camper at Loucon for many years and this would have been my first year on staff!  

I thought this would be the year I would finally feed my deep spiritual hunger for God because I had my first international mission trip and my dream job at Loucon! But they were both canceled like many important events we all had. Since then, I have found myself often feeling lonely and isolated to the world and my faith. In my surroundings I feel like I can’t ever find my place or the special support net I get with camp, as I’m sure many of you can relate. But just because we can’t be at camp doesn’t mean you are helpless. You have the power to improve your motivation and dedication to God during this time and nurture your faith. You are ready because camp has set you up to grow on your own, but it is your decision of whether or not you continue it. Now more than ever you need to persevere and take hold of how you want to follow God. At our age this is the time when we have to decide and take action with our relationship with Christ, especially when we feel sad, lonely, cut off or empty because God is not meant for just the good times but especially the hard times.

I personally have used this time to grow by reading the Bible, taking the time to understand and learning from it. God wants us to trust and lean on Him as we discover and develop in Him, like many people did in the Bible. But you can even use Jesus as an example when he fasted in the desert for 40 days and nights (Luke 4:1-15). 

1 Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, 2 where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘A person cannot live on bread alone.’” 5 The devil took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. 6 The devil said to him, “I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms. All of it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 So if you will worship me, all this will be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” 9 Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump from here! 10 Scripture says, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you to watch over you carefully. 11 They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.’ ” 12 Jesus answered him, “It has been said, ‘Never tempt the Lord your God.’”  13 After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time. 14 Jesus returned to Galilee. The power of the Spirit was with him, and the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country. 15 He taught in the synagogues, and everyone praised him.

Jesus was tempted at his weakest physically and fighting spiritually against the devil. He persevered and relied on God and His word. He got through the extreme loneliness and hardship by coming closer to God by trusting in his faith and their relationship. Please if this is the only part of the devotion that sticks with you, remember this. Jesus was human like us and what you feel is part of our earthly lives, loneliness has no age limit but can be a powerful time to build your relationship with God and come closer to his comfort! God bless:) 

Discussion Questions:

1.  Have you ever experienced hardship without using God’s help? If so, how was it different when you used his help during a hard time?

2. How has camp prepared you to learn and grow in your faith?

3. How in this time of isolation have you tried to grow or stay close to God and how will you continue?

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