"Why?” This is one of our favorite questions. It’s a question we learn to ask shortly after we’ve learned to talk. Why is the sky blue? Why does grass grow? Why do I have to take out the trash? As we get older, things happen in our lives that we don’t understand so we look to God and ask, “Why?” Why did that person have to get sick? Why am I still waiting? Why did you answer that prayer but not this one? Sometimes God, in His kindness, answers our questions. Other times, also in His kindness, He does not. Whether or not we understand the “why,” we can have faith that God is good, He loves us, and He always keeps His promises.
FAITH: Trusting in God, His Word, and His promises
MEMORY VERSE: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: I can trust God even when I don't understand
- Read Luke 1:26-38. What hard things might Mary have experienced because of her faith in God? How did Mary show faith?
- Read Matthew 1:18-25. How did Joseph show that he not only knew what God’s Word said but had real faith in God?
- What things in your life are hard or confusing? What can you remember is true about God even when you don’t understand?
- What verses from God’s Word help remind you that He is faithful and always keeps His promises?
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Teacher: Meal Time
This year Watermark has put together a family advent guide. Inside this guide there is a daily passage of scripture to read, a devotional, and some discussion questions to talk about with your family. The goal of this is to prepare you and your family's hearts for the Christmas season and to focus your minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Take time at dinner each day to walk through the devotional for the day.
Friend: Drive Time
While you're driving with your family in the car, play some Christmas carols and sing along. Ask them to listen for what the composer of the song wanted to tell you about Christmas. Were there any promises that God kept in the song? Was there a specific part of the Christmas story it told? Was there something it told you about God or faith? For older kids, challenge them to find verses in the bible that support what the song is saying. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is a good one to start with as it is full of God’s promises.
In the evening, ask your kids about something hard that may be going on in their lives right now. Is it at school, home, with friends? Do they have questions that they wish God would answer? Talk to them about some of the questions you might have or something hard in your life. Remind your kids that even when something seems confusing or you don’t understand, God is still in control. He may not always answer our questions like we wish He would, but we can have faith that He is good, trustworthy and loves us more than we know. Then pray together, giving your concerns to God and thanking Him for how He can be trusted.
As you are getting your family ready for the day, ask your kids what is one thing they have to trust God for that day. Take time to pray for each other to have faith in each of these circumstances. Be sure to ask your kids about whatever they shared when they get home to see how God answered your prayers.
Pray and thank God that you can always have faith in Him, even when you don't understand, because He is good, trustworthy, and loving.
Next week we will learn why we can trust God and go where He leads us!
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