Has anyone ever made you a promise and then they forgot about it? Maybe a teacher promised a future field trip on a whim, and then never came through. Or maybe the weatherman predicted a snow day, only to leave you with a dreary rainy day with no snow! It’s hard to believe people when they make promises, and it’s especially hard to believe someone if they’ve failed on a promise before. Sometimes it ends up easier to trust our own judgment and doubt someone’s promise, since it might not come true. But what if someone had a perfect promise-keeping track record? What then?
This week we looked at the Israelites as they were in the middle of the desert. Put yourself in their shoes for a minute: you’ve been delivered from hundreds of years of slavery in a foreign land, God does a lot of crazy miracles before your eyes, He promises again that you are His chosen people, and He is taking you to your own special almost too-good-to-be-true land of your very own! He promises you’re going to win every battle in His Name, and that He will take care of you. He promised to deliver you from Egypt, and He already did that. In fact, everything so far He has ever said has come true. Everything! Then you get to the land He promised, and there’s just one tiny problem: It’s full of giants. And scary intense armies way bigger and stronger than anyone you’ve ever met. This is what we read about this week in Numbers 13-14!
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At dinner this week, take some time to brainstorm together different examples in the Bible or in your lives when God’s promises came true. List off as many as you can think of, and look up the Scriptures to read stories of when God’s promises came true.
While driving in the car this week, pick one familiar route that the whole family knows (heading to school, home, church, etc.), and intentionally make a couple of wrong turns. See how long it takes for someone in the car to notice the wrong turns, or see if they will even notice! Make it to your destination, then ask how it felt to get turned around! How do you think the Israelites felt when they were turned around in the desert for 40 years?
During bedtime this week, talk with your child(ren) about why it’s sometimes hard to trust God, even though we know he has a perfect promise-keeping track record. Read Psalm 18:30 out loud, and pray together for God to help you trust God more. Let your child(ren) know that this is hard for you too, and model how you pray when it’s hard to trust God.
In the mornings this week, practice the new memory verse together (Hebrews 10:23). Make up hand motions to go with every word, and make it silly and dramatic to help you remember! Practice it often. Who in the family can memorize it first?
Thank God for always keeping His promises to you. Ask Him to help you keep trusting His ways when they are different than what you expect. Thank Him for how He has already shown you His trustworthiness in your life.
Next week we will continue our study of how we can be trustworthy, looking at the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.