Waiting on God can be really hard. We can’t control the weather, or when people get sick, or if we are waiting for some major change to happen in our lives. During the times of waiting, it’s important to remember that God is ALWAYS in control, and He is always worth trusting! He is good, and He is for us.
This week we looked at two examples in Scripture of what it looks like to wait on God. The first is a song of David, in Psalm 40. David chronicles here a story of how he has waited on God, even though it wasn’t always easy! David writes of ways he remembered that God is good and His timing is perfect. Taking time to remember these truths helped him be patient when he didn’t understand God’s timing. Next, we looked at James 5:7-9. These verses use a metaphor of a farmer to explain why patience and waiting on God is important.
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At dinner this week, ask everyone in the family to tell stories from the Bible of when God came through for someone. For example, think of someone who was in tough circumstances, then they prayed to God and had to wait for His answer, and share what the answer was! Feel free to have them pull out their Bibles too, but see how many stories everyone can come up with and share!
While driving in the car this week, pay special attention to what plants, flowers, and trees are growing. We’re in the peak of Spring right now, and everything is blooming. Ask your kids if they remember what the grass/trees/flowers looked like just a few months ago (dead). How can that picture of plants dying then blooming again remind you of God’s perfect timing?
During bedtime this week, ask your child if he/she can think of a time they waited on God for something. Are they still waiting? What happened? How did they learn to increase patience? Share your own examples of times you waited on God, and what you learned in the process. Pray together for patience and to remember that God is worthy of being trusted.
Before school this week, have your kids come up with a song or a funny rap for the memory verse (Psalm 27:13-14). Have them practice every morning, then perform it for your community group or to some relatives over FaceTime later in the week!
Thank God for being faithful through long periods of waiting. Ask Him to remind you of His goodness when you are impatient and want to harvest when it’s not His time.
Next week we will continue studying patience, and will look at Genesis 37-50 and the story of Joseph. God’s plan is perfect!
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