Mud, Bath, and Beyond

THEME

Idolatry-Discerning: Entrusting God with fears and worry.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Matthew 6:34

So don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

NOTES

Worry. This is a regular part of being human, isn't it? We worry over the future and the past, the weather and the traffic, our homes, children, parents, and work-the list is endless. The dictionary states that the word "worry" originated in the British dialect and means to choke or strangle. The dictionary goes on to define worry this way: to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat; to touch or disturb something repeatedly; to change the position of or adjust by repeated pushing or hauling. Isn't that just what worry feels like-like being so assailed with possibilities that we can't breathe? Like being harassed, repeatedly going over a situation or need, repeatedly adjusting it in our minds, until we are paralyzed by anxiety and fear?

We worry because we want to plan ahead, to avoid problems, to avert calamity. But how much control do we really have over these things? Planning becomes worry when we fail to rest in God's control over all things and his loving care for us. Worry affects children as well as adults. It's important for adults to display confidence in God when our families have cause for concern and to encourage our children to replace worry with trust with their concerns. No worry is too small to entrust to God; no worry is too big for God to handle.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where did Liz and his friends go on the class field trip?
A. The Mud Pits.

Q. Who was the bus driver?
A. Grandpa Anole.

Q. What causes the town to panic?
A. The newly installed measuring device shows that the mud flats are growing and could overrun the town.

Q. Who tampered with the measuring device?
A. Skink.

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 does the Bible tell us not to worry?
A.
Matthew 9:34 begins with the word "therefore." We will find the answer to our question when we look to see what the "therefore" is there for. Looking at the verses that precede verse 34 we see that we are not to worry because: we are more valuable than the birds and God takes care of their needs (vs. 26); because worrying does not accomplish anything (vs. 7); because our Father in heaven knows our daily needs and will provide for them (vs. 32); and because it detracts from our primary concern—to seek God and his kingdom (vs.33, see also vs. 24).

SO WHAT?

What are you worried about? Talk it over with your parents and give it to Jesus in prayer.
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