Most of us have probably sung the song Father Abraham about his “many sons” and how “I am one of them, and so are you”, but at 90 years old, Abraham never would have DREAMED of having many sons. He didn’t even have one!!! Yet centuries later, we look back on the life of this biblical “Patriarch” to be assured of the faithfulness of God even when all hope seems lost. This week, spend some time reflecting back with your little ones at the life of Abraham and God’s faithfulness, not only to Abraham and his wife, but to all of mankind who would be rescued through the Ultimate Son who would come from the lineage of this covenant people.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God had a wonderful plan for a man named Abraham, a man who loved and trusted Him. God told Abraham to go to a new land with his wife Sarah. Abraham made his home in the new land where he remained faithful to God. God blessed Abraham and made a promise to him, saying, “You will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. I am going to give you a son, and I will give you this country for your descendants to live in.” This seemed crazy to Abraham and Sarah because they were over 90 years old and did not have any children. Sarah laughed when she was told she was going to have a baby. God always keeps his promises though, and Abraham and Sarah gave birth to a baby boy named Isaac. It was through this child that God kept His promise and made Abraham the father of many nations.
God always keeps His promises.
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.”
3 Fun Family Activities for Remembering that God Always Keeps His Promises
1. Star Mobile
Grab a paper plate and cut out several stars from yellow construction paper. On the stars draw or attach one person’s picture from your family, continue drawing or attaching pictures of family members until you have included everyone. Punch a hole in the top of each star and tie a piece of yarn to it. Also punch holes in the paper plate and tie the other end of the yarn to the paper plate. In the center of the paper plate write “God always keeps His promises” and discuss with your child that we are part of the family God promised to Abraham.
2. Backyard Adventure
Send your child on an adventure just like Abraham. Draw a map of your house/yard, let him pack a bag and follow the map to the “new land.” The map can be as literal or creative as your child’s level of ability. You can have a “tent” ready at the final destination where your traveler can rest and where you can ask a few questions about Abraham’s journey:
- Who asked Abraham to leave his home & go to a new place and what was Abraham’s answer?
- Imagine if you had to leave your home and your friends… what would that be like?
- Should we obey God, even when it is hard?
- What are some ways we should obey God that may seem hard?
3. Movie Night
Schedule a family movie night this week to watch Abe & the Amazing Promise. Make it an event by having your child help you plan a special movie menu, make invitations for each family member, or come up with other fun ideas, like making it a pajama party—be creative.
Thank you, God, for loving us so much! We know you are faithful to all your promises. Help us believe and obey just like Abraham. Amen.
The name Isaac means “laughter”, not only because Sarah laughed when she doubted God’s ability to keep his promises, but more so because of the great joy that Sarah and Abraham had when God kept his miraculous promise. When was the last time that your family laughed together and what did you laugh about?