Going to school can be so much fun! But every student has bad days. Sometimes you might feel discouraged — let down, afraid or sad.
You studied hard for a math test, but when you got it back, there was a big red “F” at the top. You tried out for a school play, but someone else got the part. You practiced hard all week, but when game day came, you didn’t get to play. You finally made new friends … but then they hurt your feelings.
You might have prayed for things to turn out differently. Did God not hear your prayers? Did He not see your tears when you were sad or discouraged? It’s natural to feel that way at times. Life doesn’t always go our way — even for human kings and the King of Kings.
King David, whom God called “a man after my own heart,” felt discouraged at times. He would cry out to God through songs called psalms. And Jesus, while on the cross, cried out to His heavenly Father, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”
But the Bible promises that no matter what happens in our lives, God is walking beside us. God never left King David’s side even when King David sinned and did terrible things. God never left Jesus while He suffered on the cross. And He never leaves your side during tough school days.
As Psalm 34:17-19 tells us, the Lord hears us and is close to us when we face troubles and sadness.
Joshua 1:1-11 is about God choosing Joshua to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River.
How do you think Joshua, Moses’ assistant, felt when Moses died?
How would you feel if God asked you to take over for a leader as important as Moses?
- Talk to your family about times you have felt discouraged. Ask your parents how God has helped them when they were sad.
- Draw a picture about things that might make Compassion kids feel discouraged.
- Memorize Joshua 1:9 so you can think of it whenever you feel scared or sad.
- Thank God for always being by your side and caring for you when you are sad.
- Ask God to help you trust Him even when things don’t go your way.
- Pray for the Compassion children around the world who may face many of the same troubles you face, and others — like hunger and no clean water.