Rough Weather Ahead

THEME

God-Worshiping: Ever-present help.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

NOTES

What do you do when you hit rough weather in your life? Everyone does-even kids. And their response to rough weather will probably mirror yours. Children take their cues from their parents, so it is important that parents give them good, biblical models to follow. The Psalms contain many words of comfort and encouragement especially from David who faced a lot of rough weather. David was a fugitive (Psalm 18), a dejected sinner (Psalm 51), and a heartbroken father (Psalm 3). But he always found hope and help in his God. Can we say the same? Do we turn to God to find help? Or, do we lay awake at night trying to figure it out on our own?

Like sailors, we don't really test and improve our skills until we hit rough weather. It's easy to sail when the sun is shining and the water is smooth. But it takes skill and experience to steer a boat through wind, rain, and towering waves. The Bible tells us "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:4). (See also James 1:2-4.) While we don't appreciate the storm when we are in it, we are stronger when the storm abates and we find quiet waters once again.

Psalm 46 offers us great words of help and hope when we face rough weather. Can we trust God to be our ever-present help in trouble? When we do, and when we teach this to our children, we give them life-long skills for making it through rough weather.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Why was Morrie staying at Liz’s house?
A. Because his mom was at the hospital having a baby.

Q. What was Morrie worried about?
A. Morrie was worried about his parent’s safety when the power went off in the storm. And, Morrie was worried about what life would be like with a new baby in the house.

Q. What did Morrie do when the lights went out?
A. He left Liz’s house and tried to get to the hospital.

Q. What happened to him as he made his way to the hospital?
A. He gets swept away in the flood waters and almost ends up in the bayou.

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.
What does it mean that God is a refuge? How does God help us?
A.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us that a refuge is a “shelter or protection from danger or distress, something to which one has recourse in difficulty.” That is certainly a good description of how God is our refuge. God protects us from danger and from distress (Philippians 4: 6, 7). God helps us by taking away our fear, even when everything all around us is falling apart (Psalm 46:2-3). God helps us by assuring us that he is in charge (Psalm 46:6) and that he will be victorious in the end (Psalm 46:6, 8-10). God helps us by giving us peace, the ability to be still and wait for him to act (Psalm 46:10). God helps us by being present with us (Psalm 46:5, 7, 11).

SO WHAT?

Has God ever been a help to you when you were in trouble? How?

Do you know someone who is going through some rough weather right now? What can you do this week to help them?
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