Order-Discovering: God’s Work in Our Lives
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
When you look for Me with all your heart, you will find Me.
Are the happenings in your life coincidence or are they evidence of God's work in your life? That's the question of this episode of Kids Corner. This is a question that challenges us examine our point of view-do we look at our lives as God-directed, or as shaped by happenstance and luck.
It's easier to give God credit for the good things than the bad. We may never know the answer to why God allows hurtful things into our lives. But even when we can't offer a neat explanation for the bad things, we must rely on what the Bible tells us-that God loves us, and that He is with us always, in the good and the bad (Romans 8:37-39). And someday in Christ, we will get to heaven and see that in all things God has worked for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
To what extent is God involved in our lives? The Bible tells us that God knows even the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:6-7; Matthew 10: 29-31). Instead of thinking that God is distant, we are challenged to recognized God's hand at work in our lives, to identify the God prints that He leaves for us to discover, and to embrace them with gratitude, and obedience.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What does Liz call his latest creation?
A. The Lizarardo Detective Agency.
Q. What did Scooter pray about?
A. His missing tooth.
Q. What did Lucille's pray about?
A. Getting along with Samantha.
Q. What did Granny suggest as the key to solving the mysteries?
A. That the solution to the mystery is to change the words they use—instead of luck or coincidence, they should call them God prints.
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.
Read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37, 39- 45. What God prints can you see in Joseph's life?
Joseph life was a series of ups and downs: he was his father's favorite child; he was sold into slavery by his own brothers; he was put in charge of Potiphar's household; he was thrown into prison when he did nothing wrong; he was forgotten by the butler when the butler was released from prison; he was released and made ruler of Egypt second only to Pharoah. Who did Joseph credit for all his fortunes and misfortune? God. Joseph knew who was in charge of his life and of the world. He interpreted his life events accordingly (Genesis 45:7).