Have you ever wondered if God really keeps ALL of His promises? Have you ever messed up and wondered if God saw that as the last straw? Or have you ever doubted God’s Word and His promises, and then decided to take things into your own hands? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you are not alone! This week’s story was all about these topics, and God still proved to be trustworthy!
TRUSTWORTHY: Being dependable without a doubt!
MEMORY VERSE: “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise!” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: God is trustworthy even when we are not
We read the story of Abram and Sarai in Genesis 12 this week. (Abram and Sarai’s names changed to Abraham and Sarah in chapter 17.) God told Abram in Genesis 12:1-3 to leave the land where he was living, and head out to a new place God would show him. God also promised to bless Abram and his family, by making them into a great nation. Following God’s lead, Abram and his wife Sarai left their home and started to travel. When they came to Egypt, Abram got nervous the Egyptians might kill him because his wife Sarai was very beautiful. Abram makes some rash decisions here, and lies to Pharaoh about Sarai being his wife. Does something seem odd about this story?
- What do Abram and Sarai tell Pharaoh? Why were they worried? (Genesis 12:11-13)
- What was the promise God had made to Abram and Sarai? (12:1-3)
- What were the consequences for Abram and Sarai’s being untrustworthy? (12:17 and 12:20)
- Do you think God would have protected Abram and Sarai if they wouldn’t have lied? Why or why not?
- Do we have to be perfectly trustworthy for God to keep His promises to us? How do you know?
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TEACHER: Lies vs. Truth
At dinner this week, do a little quiz with your kids. Make your own, or use this truth lies matching worksheet. See if your kids can match up the truths from Scripture that defeat each common lie we believe. (You can find the answers here)
FRIEND: Remember God’s Promises
While driving in the car this week, ask your kids to remember and list out some promises God has made for us. Think about Noah, and how after the flood in Genesis 6, God promised never to flood the earth again in Genesis 9. What are some other examples?
COUNSELOR: When We are Untrustworthy
During bedtime this week, discuss times you and your child(ren) have been untrustworthy. Can you think of any examples when you (like Abram and Sarai), were untrustworthy and lied because you thought it would help a situation? What happened? Did lying really help? Next time, if a similar situation comes up, what should you do? (If your child can’t think of any examples, do a role-playing scenario and talk it through)
COACH: Memory Verse
One morning this week, have each of the members of the family recite this month’s memory verse (Hebrews 10:23) by heart! This is the last week of the month, so be sure you’ve each got it down!
Thank God for being faithful even in our failures. Thank Him for sending Christ to take the punishment you rightly deserve. Ask God to give you chances to tell of His trustworthiness this Easter.
Next week we will start a new character trait, and start studying patience! It is Easter Sunday next week (April 5th), and we will be looking at John 19.
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