Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Fifteen

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He Will Not Grow Faint or Discouraged

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him…
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations… (Isaiah 42:1-6)

Anxiety to the point of fainting. Discouragement that does not lift. Abuse that leaves you bruised. Faithlessness like a candle about to go out. Whether it is the constant comparison of yourself to others, your looks to their looks, your accomplishments to their accomplishments, or the inability to break a cycle of sin that you hate, you can’t take it anymore. You sense that your candle is about to go out. You feel like a reed about to break. Your embers are barely burning.

Enter Jesus. Our hero. Our rescuer. The one who specializes in creating bonfires out of what looks like ashes. The one who renews the strength of the weak. The one who heals the wounds of the bruised. The one who encourages us to keep persevering through difficult seasons. God sent a redeemer for our dilemma, not a to-do list. God sent a reconciler, not a mantra. God’s means of transformation in your life comes by faith in the sufficiency of His son, not in your own effort. Jesus descended for you. Jesus was born for you. Jesus was tempted for you. Jesus lived for you. Jesus suffered for you. Jesus was broken for you. Jesus rose for you. Jesus intercedes for you. Jesus gives his Spirit to you. Jesus reigns in you.

You will not be overwhelmed by your discouragement, or grow faint. Your pain is real, but it will not break you. Your light is faint, but it will not go out. Because your God who promises to take you by the hand and keep you will also keep his promise. Jesus himself will be the light within you that shines in your neighborhood, your home, and your school.

Questions:

  1. What is the most discouraging thing in your life right now?
  2. When you are discouraged what do you do/where do you go to feel better?
  3. How does God’s promise of sending his Son restore hope and joy to your life?

Prayer:

God, you upheld your son Jesus Christ. Uphold me now. Father, Christ was your chosen. Remind me that I have been chosen in him. Your soul delights in Jesus, and so it delights in me. Your Spirit dwells in me. Thank you for promising to take me by the hand and keep me. Thank you for being the light in a world full of darkness. Amen.

Remember to check back Monday for day 16 of our Christmas devotions. Click here for a downloadable pdf to print and share with your student or child.

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