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. (Numbers 13:1-14:38)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Caleb, Spies, and God.)
What are the main story beats? (Spies are sent to Canaan; God’s people rebel; God punishes his people.)
What’s the main point? (The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God has a plan for our lives. When things do not go our way we must have faith in God’s plan. God loves us, so he will be faithful to care for us.
God, we thank you for your love for us. We are grateful to you for your faithfulness. We pray that we can be unlike the Israelites in this week’s story and keep our faith in your plan for our lives. We love you Lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joshua and Caleb)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?
Is God faithful?
Can we trust God with our lives?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you. God is faithful.
RELATE to them.
Mom and Dad love you so much and we want what is best for you. God loves you even more than we do, and he not only wants what’s best for you, but he has a plan for your life.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.