You don’t have to look too far in this world to discover trouble. Sometimes in your life it may seem to be lurking around every corner. Instead of fearing or dreading the troubles in our lives, what if we started to view them in a different way? What if, instead of just trying to get to the other side of whatever trouble you’re facing right now, you saw that trouble as a chance to honor the Lord. God gives us time, talents and treasures to steward and He does the same thing with troubles. They might be really hard in the moment but God is faithful, He will never leave us, and when we turn our troubles over to Him, He can use them in ways we could never begin to imagine.
MEMORY VERSE: “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you." PSALM 37:5 (NLT)
Paul was no stranger to troubles. It seems like his life was full of them but he was not about to waste whatever situation God placed him in. We find Paul and Silas in jail in Acts 16 for helping a slave girl and preaching the Gospel. Instead of fretting about their situation or coming up with an escape plan, Paul and Silas stewarded their trouble and were an example for Christ to the prisoners and guards around them. God sent an earthquake to release them from their chains but instead of running away, they continued to witness to those around them. They saved the jailer’s physical life by not escaping and also his eternal life by telling him about the good news of Christ. The jailer’s whole family became Christians because of the way Paul and Silas stewarded their troubles and sought to honor the Lord in everything they did.
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Challenge: Think back on your “sticky situations” (i.e.: troubles) that you shared. What verses encouraged you or might have encouraged you during that time? Use biblegateway.com or google “verses for troubled times” to find verses that encourage in certain situations. Then as a family think about someone who is going through trouble. Find a verse to encourage them, write an encouraging (creative) note and mail it. (Don’t forget to take a pic and post it on the page.)
Read: Acts 16:22-40, John 16:33
As you are driving with your family, tell them to imagine that your car broke down and that you were stuck on the side of the road. Begin a brain storm session of how you could steward that trouble for God’s glory. Think of ideas like sharing the gospel with the tow truck driver or counting all of your blessings as you are waiting for someone to pick you up.
Before you put your family down for bed, bring them together to tell them a story. Think of a story either in your life or someone you know where there was a trouble and how that person was able to steward that trouble for God’s glory. Tell your family the story and be sure to make God the hero in how He provided the strength and grace to steward the trouble well. Pray with them and thank God that we can use our troubles as an opportunity to make Him famous.
As you are sending your family off for the day, make a challenge for everyone to be looking for people who might be going through trouble. Once they have found someone, tell your kids they have to help that person in their trouble. It's a bonus if they are able to share our memory verse for the month with them!
"Commit everything you do to the Lord, trust Him and He will help you." Psalm 37:5
Thank God for whatever treasures He has entrusted to you. Thank Him for how He is able to use whatever you have for His glory. Ask Him to help you be a better steward of all He has entrusted you with.
Next week we will continue the month of July with the godly characteristic trait of STEWARDSHIP. We will be learning that to honor God, we steward our troubles.
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