Control. Wouldn’t most of us like more control over the circumstances in our lives? Maybe that remote control that could stop everything and rewind so we could do something over again? Maybe more control over the choices of others so our lives would be a little less difficult? The truth is, we don’t have that kind of control. The Bible clearly teaches us, however, that God is in control of everything and that He is always with us. That is Good News! The kids in Starting Blocks learned those truths this week as they heard the story of God calling Moses. Dig into the following activities with your kids this week and remind yourself how wonderful it is to trust the One who is in control of everything.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about Moses. The Israelites were living in Egypt where they were working as slaves. A wicked king named Pharaoh commanded to have every Hebrew baby boy killed. Moses’ mother put him in a basket and put him in the Nile River to try to save his life. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the basket floating and decided to keep Moses as her son. When Moses grew up, he left Egypt and worked as a shepherd in the desert. One day, as he was walking, he saw a bush on fire, but it was not burned up. When he went to investigate the burning bush, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Moses! Moses!” Moses answered, “Here I am! Who is there?” The Lord answered, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” God told Moses that He had heard the cries of His people, the Israelites, and He would use Moses to bring them out of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. God told Moses to tell the Israelites that “I AM” sent him. God referred to Himself as “I AM” because He is the one true God and there are no other gods besides him. God had an amazing plan for Moses. God is in control of everything. Moses was scared to return to Egypt, but God promised Moses that he would not be alone. God said, “I will be with you.” God is always with us.
- God is in control of everything.
- God is ALWAYS with us.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”
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. Hide and Seek
Focused learning and activity time is fantastic, but there are also great opportunities to tie in Biblical lessons to everyday play. Play Hide and Seek, and take a moment at the end to talk about how even though we may try to hide like Moses, God seeks us and always knows how to find us.
2. Create a “Burning Bush”
Find a small tree branch to serve as your “bush.” Have your child help you cut out “flames” from red, yellow, and orange construction paper. You can tape them to the branches of your bush and “plant” it in a jar, coffee can, or bowl. Use it as a centerpiece for your table this week and as a starting point to discuss the story at meal times.
Use these questions to help start your discussion:
- In Exodus 4, Moses questions God’s plan to use him because he feels he does not speak well. Can God use us even if there are things we may not do very well?
- Which do you think is more important to God – how much we can do by ourselves or how much we let God do through us?
- God gave Moses instructions from the burning bush. Where do we get instructions from God?
- What were God’s instructions to Moses? What are some things God instructs us to do?
3. Burning Bush Snack & Story
Help your child make his/her snack by creating a burning bush. Use these ingredients to create your burning bush – stick pretzels, red hots or red M&Ms, and grated cheddar cheese. Grab a handful of pretzels (the number of pretzels you use depends on how large you want the bush). Have your child place the pretzels in a pile on a napkin. Let your child place several red hots or red M&Ms on top of the pretzels. Lastly, have your child sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese on top of the red hots or M&Ms. Read the story of Moses & the burning bush to your child while he eats his snack and talk with him about how God talked to Moses through the bush.
God, you have an amazing plan for us. Just like Moses, help me to trust you even when it seems hard. You are the one true God. Thank you for always being with us. We love you. Amen.
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