Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Job 1 & 42)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (God, Satan, Job, Job’s Friends, and Elihu.)
What are the main beats of the story? (Satan asked God for permission to bring harm to Job, God allowed it, Job is given advice by his friends and Elihu, Job talks with God.)
What’s the main point? (Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God is completely in control of our lives. Whether life seems perfect or chaotic, God is in control. No matter what situations we face, God is with us.
God, we thank you for the way you care for us. We pray that we can have the faith of Job to continue to trust you whether life is smooth or rough. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Job)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What all happened to Job and his family? (Much of Job’s family was killed, and Job suffered a great deal)
How would you feel if all that happened to you? (Let them answer; probably sad, confused, angry)
How can you trust God when things are not going well? (We can pray to ask God to be with us, and to remind us of his goodness in the middle of our suffering)
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
Jesus suffered for us on the cross. He took the punishment for our sin. Job and Jesus both suffered, but ultimately trusted in God’s plan. We are called to trust God no matter what.
RELATE to them.
Sometimes our lives can be difficult. God wants us to continue to love and trust him even when life is hard. Share something in your life that’s difficult. Ask them the same.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.