Take a minute and make a list of all the ways you’ve changed over the last 10 years. Include things like hairstyles, foods you like or don’t like, number of kids in your household, ways you’ve grown in your walk with the Lord. It shouldn’t take long for your list to get pretty lengthy. This week, contrast your inconsistent nature with how God is consistent through the Old Testament, New Testament, and today.
CONSISTENCY: Constantly following God and His Word
MEMORY VERSE: “You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands." Psalm 119:4-6 NLT
This Week’s Finish Line: God is the same now, then, and forever
Throughout the Bible, we can see that through the ever-changing story and circumstances of God’s chosen people, the Israelites, God’s character and His heart for His people stays the same. Psalm 100:5 reminds us that His character includes goodness, unfailing love, and faithfulness, all of which continue forever. One of the ways God shows His love for His people is by giving us commands. His commands protect us, teach us, and remind us of how good He is. We get to see God’s consistency, that He is the same now, then, and forever, through the consistency of His commands. In both the Old and New Testaments, we see that the Lord alone is God, and that He desires for His people to love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength – that this is the greatest commandment. God’s love is always perfect, He always keeps His promises, and He is the same now, then, and forever.
- What do you learn about God from these verses? (Remember, God loves us so much. One of the ways He shows us that He loves us is by giving us commands. His commands protect us, teach us, remind us of how good He is.)
- What do you learn about God in these verses?
- Compare these verses to the ones in Deuteronomy. What is similar? Did Jesus teach something different than what was written in the Old Testament? Did God change His mind?
- How does God show us He is the same now, then, and forever in these verses and in other places in Scripture?
READ DEUTERONOMY 6:4-7
READ MARK 12:28-31
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Teacher: Meal Time
READ NUMBERS 23:19 & HEBREWS 13:8 What do these verses tell you about God? (Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God doesn’t lie, never changes His mind, and keeps His promises.) What are some things in life that change? How do you change? How does it make you feel knowing God doesn’t change? Why?
Friend: Drive Time
The verses we read this week aren’t the only ways we see God’s consistency in the Bible. When you’re in the car this week, spend time thinking of other stories in the Bible that show us that God is consistent and stays lovingly faithful! You can start with your favorite Bible story and by asking, “What is true about God in this story that is still true today?”
Do you have anything uncertain in your life right now or any big changes? How can you rely on God’s consistency through those times? Pray specifically for what was mentioned and thank God for always staying the same even in uncertain times & for His unchanging Truth in a constantly shifting world.
Learn the memory verse (Psalm 119:4-6) together as a family. Write it with wipe off markers on your bathroom mirror. Practice “popcorn style,” where each family member says one word until the entire verse is completed. Write it on an index card and keep it in the car or make up your own hand motions.
God, thank you for being the same now, then, and forever! I am thankful that you are consistent even when I am not. Help me to learn to be consistent in my decisions and actions! Help me to love you more!
Next week, we will continue in the month of May with our character trait, CONSISTENCY. Excited to see you there!
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