Life changes in the blink of an eye. This is a reality that adults know all too well and that our children will learn all too quickly. But behind all of life’s twists and turns is a loving God whose ways are perfect and whose promises are true.
Once again, the life of Joseph provides a stunning illustration of this and a beautiful picture of a man who trusted God through all of life’s ups and downs. Be purposeful this week to teach your little ones about the sovereign control of our loving God through the story of Joseph. Stand amazed with them at the sight of a Divine designer who works all things together for the good of those who love Him!
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about Joseph in Egypt. Last week, we learned that Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, so they sold him as a slave to a group of men from Egypt. Joseph served faithfully when he got to Egypt and was put in charge of an entire household. Then, a lie was told about him and he was thrown into jail. God was with Joseph in jail and he was placed in charge of all the other prisoners. God even helped Joseph interpret two servants’ dreams. One day, Pharaoh had dreams that he wanted to know the meaning of, but nobody could help him. One of Pharaoh’s servants remembered Joseph interpreting dreams in prison, and told Pharaoh. God helped Joseph tell Pharaoh that his dreams meant there would be seven years of plenty with food and seven years of famine. Pharaoh placed Joseph in charge of all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. One day, Joseph’s brothers showed up needing food. Joseph was not mean to them like they were to him, but instead forgave them and gave them food. He told them that what they meant to do for harm, God used for good. God never left Joseph and was always in control.
Where’s it Found?
God is in control of everything.
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.”
3 Fun Family Activities for Remembering that God is Always in Control
1. A House, a Cell, and a Palace . . . Trusting God everywhere
Joseph spent time in three different places, as a slave in a house, a jail cell, and Pharaoh’s palace. Using items around the house create a house, a jail cell and a palace. For a house, place a sheet over the kitchen table and place pots and pans or a small broom or rag inside the “house”. Use the chairs from the kitchen table and place them in a tight circle for the jail cell. Lastly, use pillows, bean bags and blankets to create Pharaoh’s palace. Let your child “be” Joseph and act out the story using the three places. Emphasize with your child that no matter where Joseph was, he always trusted God and knew He was in control. Talk through these questions.
- Where are the three places Joseph was?
- Who protected Joseph?
- What did God use Joseph for when he was in Egypt?
- Who did Joseph forgive?
- When can we trust God?
2. Happy Faces
During snack time, give your child an apple slice, several raisins and a handful of stick pretzels. On a paper plate, have him create happy and sad faces using the apple slice, raisins and pretzels. Talk about how Joseph was sad to be away from his family and when he was in jail, but when Joseph thought about how God is always in control he was happy.
3. Marching to the Beat
Play music and have your child march to the beat. Stop the music, have your child freeze and shout: “I trust God!”
God, thank you that you are in control of everything. We don’t have to be afraid or worry because you are always with us. Help us trust You more each day. We love you. Amen
What are some other ways that you are intentionally trying to teach your children about how God is always in control? What other Bible stories or activities do you use to drive this truth home in your family?