Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read one or many of this year’s family devotions from TLIC Family. I truly hope and pray that you and your children have been encouraged in knowing that God loves you no matter what because of Jesus.
As TLIC Family enters a new year there will be two daily devotions that will be sent out each morning:
TLIC Family – 365 daily readings from Genesis to Revelation. These are basically the same readings that have gone out over the past year.
TLIC Family Proverbs – 365 daily readings from the book of Proverbs focusing on how to have God’s wisdom, while still always pointing back to Jesus and his grace.
Below is a preview of one of our devotions from the book of Proverbs.
If you or your family has been blessed by TLIC would you consider spreading the word to other families. Our heart is to give families an option for spiritual growth that doesn’t just try to teach our kids to be good in their own strength, but to trust the Savior who is good for us.
May the new year bring the peace of Christ and the joy of his salvation to your family.
TLIC FAMILY: PROVERBS. DAY 12. JANUARY 12: PATHS.
Has a bad friend ever tried to convince you to do something wrong? What happened?
Proverbs 1:15. my son, do not walk in the way with [sinners]; hold back your foot from their paths,
Every mom and dad is worried about who their children will be friends with. Who they will spend their time with. Solomon was worried too. Why? Because what he knows, and what your mom and dad know is that your friends will have a big influence on you. Maybe they can tell you some stories about how bad friends convinced them to do bad things.
But what makes something bad? Well it’s not just because your mom and dad don’t like it. It’s because God doesn’t like it. That’s why King Solomon calls these bad friends sinners. They sin against God and his ways. The break God’s rules and don’t care. Which means they don’t care about how their behavior hurts other people.
And not only does doing bad things hurt others, but it also hurts you. Did you see the last word in our verse? What is it? Paths. A path is a long road that you travel on one step at a time, usually very slowly. In the Bible our paths always lead to something. There are good paths and there are bad paths. And here’s the truth of wisdom – a person can only be on one path at a time. You might be on a good path toward trusting God, or you might be on a bad path toward ignoring God, but you can’t be on both at the same time. No one can.
In the New Testament Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the way.” What did Jesus mean? He meant that he is our way to goodness. He is our way to God. Not by being good like him, but by trusting that he was good for us. And when we believe that Jesus was good in our place and that we don’t have to be good to go to Heaven, guess what happens? It makes you want to be good and stay away from the path of sinners just because you love Jesus.
Because of Jesus we have the path to God by his grace.
With Jesus we can walk with good friends who love God too.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
If you can, go for a walk on a path or trail. Where will this trail go? What is the end? Talk about how every choice we make is a path that leads to an end.
Jesus, you are my path. Let me walk with you through my life and love what you love. Amen.