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. (Judges 3:7-31)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (God, Enemy King, Israelites, Othniel, Moab, Ehud, Shamgar)
What are the main story beats? (God’s people sin and God sends them judges; God sends Ehud to be their judge; Ehud kills the king of Moab.)
What’s the main point? (God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.)
CONNECT it to the family.
As children of God we are going to sin. We are going to doubt what God has done for us and forget about him. We may even sometimes put things ahead of God in our lives. We must remember how much God loves us and that he always accomplishes his plan for his glory and our good.
God, we thank you for this story in the Old Testament. We praise the fact that you God, always accomplish your plan for your glory and our good. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The First Judges)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.
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?
How does God accomplish his plan in this story?
Can we trust God with our lives?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God came to the rescue of his people when they cried out for help. God can come to your rescue in that same way when you need him.
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. That plan will ultimately be for our good and for his glory.
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.