No matter what happens, we can trust God in our circumstances. This week, your children learned about Joseph in Egypt and the Lord’s perfect plan for Joseph while he was there. The story reminds us that wherever we are in our journey, it is all in God’s hands and it is good. This week’s activities are a great opportunity to discuss with your kids how they can trust God no matter what and that God’s plan for us is best.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about Joseph in Egypt. Last week, we learned that Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, so they sold him as a slave to a group of men from Egypt. Joseph served faithfully when he got to Egypt and was put in charge of an entire household. Then, a lie was told about him and he was thrown into jail. God was with Joseph in jail and he was placed in charge of all the other prisoners. God even helped Joseph interpret two servants’ dreams. One day, Pharaoh had dreams that he wanted to know the meaning of, but nobody could help him. One of Pharaoh’s servants remembered Joseph interpreting dreams in prison, and told Pharaoh. God helped Joseph tell Pharaoh that his dreams meant there would be seven years of plenty with food and seven years of famine. Pharaoh placed Joseph in charge of all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. One day, Joseph’s brothers showed up needing food. Joseph was not mean to them like they were to him, but instead forgave them and gave them food. He told them that what they meant to do for harm, God used for good. God never left Joseph and was always in control. (Genesis 39-46 & 50:15-21)
- God is in control of everything.
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is in Control of Everything
1. Joseph’s Many Homes
Joseph spent time in three different places, a slave in a house, a jail cell and Pharaoh’s palace. Use three manila folders to make a house, jail cell and a palace. For the house, cut out a large window on one side of the folder and on the inside have your child draw a table, chair and other things you would find in a house. On the next folder, cut out a large rectangle and help your child attach black yarn or thin strips of black paper to the inside of the rectangle with glue or tape to make bars for the cell. On the last folder, cut out a large arched door to make the palace and have your child decorate the outside and inside with sequins and shiny stickers. Grab a large Popsicle stick and draw a face and clothes on it. Have your child use this Popsicle stick or another small doll to act out the story of Joseph while he was in Egypt. Emphasize with your child that no matter where Joseph was, he always trusted God and knew He was in control.
- Where are the three places Joseph was?
- Who protected Joseph?
- What did God use Joseph for when he was in Egypt?
- Who did Joseph forgive?
- When can we trust God?
2. Gather Some Leaves!
Head outside for a walk with your child. While on your walk pick up big leaves of all colors and shapes and place them in a basket. Once back home scatter the leaves all over the yard or driveway. Let your child pretend to gather grain and place it back in the basket. Talk with your child how Joseph knew there were going to be years of drought with no rain, so he collected grain to help feed people and trusted that God was always in control.
3. Snack Famine
Give your child a big helping of a snack, such as pretzels or animal crackers. Have them share a portion with you or a sibling. Explain how during the time of famine in Egypt, Joseph, who had been given a lot of food, shared food with those who did not have any.
God, thank you that you are in control of everything. We don’t have to be afraid or worry because you are always with us. Help us trust You more each day. We love you. Amen.