Taking Care of Business

THEME

God-Worshiping: Exercise your faith muscles!

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

NOTES

What do you do when something is going badly for you? Do you worry? Or, do you pray? When you pray do you trust God to provide for your needs? To take care of you? Or, do you pray and then wonder if God will actually live up to his promises? To pray and trust does not mean we sit on our hands waiting for God to do something for us. It means we walk through each day thanking God for his provision and trusting in his care for us. Trouble calls for faith, not fear. Hebrews 11: 1 and 6 describe faith this way, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. . . . Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

What is it about faith that pleases God? It is our dependence on him, it is our belief in his goodness. Like children who come to their parents expecting good things because of their good character, so we come to God with expectations of his goodness and belief in his faithfulness.

And, like most things, we come to learn about faith when we practice it. That is, when we exercise our faith muscles our faith grows stronger. Sometimes we exercise those muscles when we decide we will believe he is good, we will trust in his care even when we don't feel it, even when we have trouble knocking at our door.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Why did Liz go to work with his dad?
A. Because it was take your kid to work day.

Q. What was Liz’s dad’s job?
A. He is a comptroller at Terrene Enterprises Incorporated.

Q. What is the name of the important person who was visiting that day?
A. J. W. Pilchman, CEO of BuyMore Save-A-Lot.

Q. Who is Mr. Lacerta’s boss?
A. Ms. Vanderwinkle.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.

Why can we trust in God to take care of us?

A.

Because God is good (Psalm 34:8). Because God loves us (1 John 3:1). Because God is faithful to his promises (Psalm 33:4).


SO WHAT?

Exercise your faith muscles every day. Each day write down ways that you experienced God's care, goodness, and faithfulness. Thank God for these gifts in your nighttime prayers.
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