Do you believe God ever makes mistakes? Do you believe everything He creates and does is good? Do you trust Him? As you think about these questions, ask yourself one more: What does God think about me? God is good and everything He makes and does is good. When you trust in our good God, you can have peace knowing that when He made you, He said you were very good!
PEACE: An untroubled heart that comes from trusting God
MEMORY VERSE: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” JOHN 14:27 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Trusting God Gives Me Peace with how He Made Me
Psalm 139 was written by David who trusted that the perfect creator God never makes mistakes, is always in control and loves him completely. God knows everything about us because He carefully knit each one of us together uniquely. Often we want to compare ourselves to others and we wonder why God didn’t make us tall or with artistic skills or the ability to easily remember facts. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 Paul reminds us that we are all part of the body of Christ. If the body was just eyes, what good is it? If we all were great at math, who would write creative stories? God didn’t create us to all be the same but He did create us to need and serve each other in special ways. If God created you to be a foot, don’t wish you were an ear. Instead, trust the perfect God who knows you better than you know yourself because He created you just as He wanted you to be.
- Read Psalm 139. What is your favorite part about this psalm? Why? What does this psalm teach you about God?
- How does David, the author of this psalm, show he has peace with the way God made him? Can you say the same things David did? Why or why not?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20. What do these verses tell you about why God made us all different?
- When are you tempted to compare your gifts with those around you? Which verses in 1 Corinthians 12 can you use to remind yourself that God created you uniquely for His purpose?
Bring It Home Activities
1. Don’t Add Tuna
Plan a time this week to make a fun summer treat for your kids. Find a simple recipe, like one for a chocolate shake and make it together. Pull out all the ingredients (ice cream, milk, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc) and mix it all together. Next grab something they like but would NOT mix well in the shake like tuna or ranch dressing. Ask them if that belongs in the recipe you were following. Why not? Isn’t it still a good thing? Talk to your kids about how God follows a specific “recipe” that makes each of us unique and He knows just what is needed to make you, YOU! There are lots of good things out there but He chose to make you unique with a specific set of gifts and talents. When we don’t have peace with how He made us we may try to add something He never intended for us. When we trust that He knows what’s best, then we can have peace with how He made us. If God calls you to be a chocolate shake, don’t add tuna!
2. Psalm 139 Sidewalk Art
Grab some sidewalk chalk and head outside. Have each member of your family lay in a fun pose on the cement and trace their outline with the chalk. You can have each person decorate their outline so they all look unique. Have each person talk about their favorite things about how God made them. Let everyone say their favorite things about each other. Read Psalm 139 together and talk about how God made each of them differently and just how He wanted us because He loves us so much.
3. Significant Summer
All throughout the summer, we are challenging parents to make the time they have with their kids significant. Take time this summer to intentionally disciple your kids in 4 areas: Grow, Play, Serve and Rest. You can download a free copy of our Significant Summer booklet filled with ideas for you and your family to not waste your summer. Track the fun things your family did on the Significant Summer chart and tell us about it on social media using #sigsummer14.
Thank God for how He made you uniquely with special gifts you can use to serve Him. Ask Him to help you trust Him when you’re tempted to compare yourself with other people so you can have peace with the way He made you. Thank Him for never making mistakes and always being good, no matter what!
Next week we will cover a whole book of the bible on one Sunday! If you want to know the story ahead of time, read Philemon and see how Paul calls Philemon to be at peace with others.
How have you and your family been having a Significant Summer so far?