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 38 & 39)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who was the main character? (God, Job, Satan, and Job’s Friends.)
What are the main story beats? (God gave Satan permission to make Job suffer; Job’s friends try to help Job; Job trusted God.)
What’s the main point? (Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.)
CONNECT it to the family.
We live in a world full of suffering. God is sovereign and completely in control. As a family, we are called to trust God completely no matter what he allows to happen in our lives.
God, we thank you for who you are. We are thankful that you have a plan for our lives. We pray that we can trust you no matter what. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Suffering of 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 good, even in suffering.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What did Job learn about God and about himself?
How is God near to us in our suffering?
How have friends encouraged you in a hard time?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God is in control.
RELATE to them.
Mom and Dad have been created in God’s image and are called to be an example to you, and to trust God no matter how hard or sad things get.
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.
God is completely in control.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.
Memory Verse: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 1, Session 6