As I write this, I sit on one side of the presidential election, not knowing the outcome. As you read this, you’re sitting on the other. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, one thing is for certain: God is still in charge. God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing Creator of everything. If you are excited about those elected into office this year, God is sovereign. If you feel disappointed or discouraged by the results, God is sovereign. God appoints all those in authority (Romans 13:1) and their hearts are like streams of water in His hands (Proverbs 21:1). When we fear the Lord and remember that He is our perfect authority, we need not feel anxious about the future because we know it’s all under His control.
FEAR: Having the Right View of God's Perfect Authority, Justice, & Grace
MEMORY VERSE: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases Him, and love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul." DEUTERONOMY 10:12 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Having the Right View of God Means Understanding His Perfect Authority
The authority that God placed over David’s life was not an easy one to respect. It’s kind of hard to follow a king when he’s out to kill you. Twice, while he was running from King Saul, David had an opportunity to end his hardships by ending Saul and taking the kingdom for himself. After all, God had already chosen David to be the next king, right? But even in the midst of hardship and trying to live under a leader that was not following God, David chose to fear the Lord more than his circumstances. Even when everyone around him was telling him it was ok to kill Saul, David knew that God had chosen Saul to be king and that God was in complete control. God’s plan doesn’t always look like we want it to and we may even have leaders like Saul in our lives. However, when we fear the Lord and understand He is our perfect authority, we can trust in His good plan and know that our lives are always under His control.
- Read 1 Samuel 24. Do you think God made a mistake by making Saul king? Why or why not?
- Who are some authorities God has placed in your life? Who is their ultimate authority?
- Was there ever a time in David’s life that God was not in control? Why do you think that? What about your life? When is it hard for you to fear God and trust He is the perfect authority?
- How does it make you feel hearing that God is always the one in control no matter what’s happening around you? How does that help you fear Him instead of your circumstances?
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Teacher: What is Authority?
It is important for your family to have a right view of authority and what it means! So at the dinner table this week ask them how they would define authority. A good definition is: the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Then ask your family who are people in their lives that have authority. Also answer yourself, listing off the people who have authority in your life. After talking about authorities in your lives read Romans 13:1. Then discuss how every authority in your life has been put there by God because He is the ultimate authority!
Friend: God Made It!
As you are driving in the car with your family, have them look out the windows and call out the things they see that only God could make. Things like: trees, birds, dogs, water and people. Then discuss how all of those things prove that God is powerful and in control. God has given people the ability to build and create amazing things, but we still cannot build or create life. That is only something God can do, and that is a way we can be assured that God is the one in ultimate authority.
Counselor: Other Authorities
As you are getting your family ready for bed take some time to talk about the election. Your kids have probably been hearing a lot of different things from friends at school or on social media and it would be highly valuable for them to have you talk it through with them. Explain that as believers we have no reason to fear because God is the ultimate authority and He decides who will be in authority over us. That does not mean we always agree with our authorities but we know that no that no matter what God is in charge. It is important for us to know and fear God because He is the only one that is trustworthy and faithful.
Coach: Pray For the U.S.A
As you are getting your family ready for the day, spend just a little time praying for the people who are in authority. Be sure to pray for the people in our government, teachers, policemen and judges. Encourage your kids to keep praying throughout the rest of their day!
Thank God for having final authority over everything that happens in your life. Thank Him for seeing the big picture when you cannot and for knowing the “Why” behind all of your questions. Ask God to allow you to have the right view of His perfect authority.
Next week we will continue the month of November with the Godly characteristic of FEAR. We will learn that having the right view of God means understanding His perfect balance between justice and grace.
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