Day 4: Ram’s House

Family Devotions

Give us this day our daily bread...

Today's memory verse: "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity." (2 Corinthians 8:2)

For kids like Ram, and most people in India, "our daily bread" is just that and not much more.

A small mud hut, no bathroom, no electricity... How would life be different if you had no electricity?

When you watch Chris sitting down with Ram's family by the light of a kerosene lamp, you have a picture of what life was also like at the time of Jesus. Jesus walked from village to village. Some people welcomed him into their home and shared food with him. Did Jesus have his own house? (Matthew 8:20) Compared to the people He spent time with, did Jesus have much of value?

Do you ever compare yourself to other people around you? We can see other families who look like they have more than we do, and feel sorry for ourselves... or we can look at the joy in the faces of people in India who seem to have so little, yet have everything they need in Jesus.

When we look at how other people live, God reminds us of two things: trust and contentment.

Trust God to provide what you need:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

Be content with what He gives:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:7-10).

Talk about it: What is the opposite of trust and contentment? Read Exodus 20:17 and talk about ways you may fall into this temptation.