2018 Easter Devotional — March 17

Jeremiah 11:18-20 (click to view Scripture below)

[For the whole family]

In this passage from the Bible the prophet Jeremiah is lamenting — that is a big word that just means he is complaining to God. I think Jeremiah was a little scared. He says that his enemies were making plans against him to destroy him! Jeremiah feels like a little gentle lamb in front of the scary enemies. But Jeremiah knows that God is all powerful and he can save Jeremiah.

This story makes me think of so many children I know in ChildHope schools. They are like gentle lambs who are sometimes in danger in their communities. At school they learn to call on the name of the Lord just like Jeremiah did. Coraima was a girl in the Venezuela ChildHope School. She was coming home from school with her sister and saw that bad men wanted to hurt the girls. Coraima cried out to God for help and he protected Coraima and her sister and kept them safe. When we are scared we can cry out to God for help.

Mary Mahon
Research and Development
Director of Chicas de Promesa

Activity and prayer for the whole family: Draw a picture of a fluffy lamb — make the lamb the size of the whole paper. Get 21 cotton balls. There are 21 countries where we have ChildHope schools. As you glue a cotton ball onto your fluffy lamb, pray for the children in each country. Pray: “Lord, help the children in Venezuela to know they can cry out to you for help. Protect the children in Venezuela.” Do the same for all the countries.

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

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Jeremiah 11:18-20 (ESV)

18 The Lord made it known to me and I knew;
    then you showed me their deeds.
19 But I was like a gentle lamb
    led to the slaughter.
I did not know it was against me
    they devised schemes, saying,
“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
    let us cut him off from the land of the living,
    that his name be remembered no more.”
20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously,
    who tests the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
    for to you have I committed my cause.

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