The End of the World

THEME

Justice-Seeking: Disappointment

MEMORY VERSE

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

Isaiah 49:23

Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.

NOTES

It doesn't take long for children to bump into the disappointments that life has for them. For example: their best may not be good enough for the prize or the grade they hope for, their visit to the amusement park isn't as exciting as they thought it would be, or they receive a shirt instead of an MP3 player for Christmas.

Sometimes it's people who disappoint them, and that can hurt the most. A good friend breaks a trusted confidence, their parents miss a concert or sporting event, or their teachers ignore them. Disappointment is a fact of life.

But the Bible says that there is one who will never disappoint them-their faithful God in heaven. Jesus is their faithful friend, their trusted confidant, their loving companion. When disappointments come, and the hurt seems unbearable, they can turn to Jesus for comfort and strength.

Sometimes we are disappointed because we are placing our hope in the wrong place. The hope that does not disappoint is not in things or people-it is in God. God is the one who provides the things that are truly valuable in life, the things that will not disappoint. God is the prize worth working for, and the promise that will never fail.

This perspective on disappointment is an important building block in a child's foundation of faith. This is the truth that we want our children to learn when they are young so that when they do encounter disappointment, they know it's not the end of the world.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What competition did Liz and Lucille enter?
A. The Young Lizard Lawn and Garden Society's competition for the best clean up of a lawn and garden.

Q. Who asks them to help him clean up his lawn?
A. Old Man Gower

Q. Who is the judge of the competition?
A. Morrie

Q. Who did Linda have a crush on?
A. Manny

Q. Who does Manny end up liking best?
A. Marion

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.

Have you ever been disappointed? What were you hoping for? What did you do about your disappointment?

A.

Disappointment is a common experience in life. While we feel the hurt when we are disappointed, we also know that we have someone whom the Bible tells us will not disappoint us. But sometimes it seems that God does disappoint us. We don't get what we pray for, we get sick or hurt, and it seems that God is not keeping His promises to us. This is when it is important to remember that God knows best, and that what we want may not be His best for us. Sometimes God answers our prayers with "No" or "Not now." Job is certainly one biblical example of someone who was disappointed by God, but his faith was firmly fixed on God's sovereignty (Job 1:21) and God's intention of ultimate good for him (Job 13:15). And this is the hope that does not disappoint.


SO WHAT?

Have you ever disappointed someone? Can you ask that person's forgiveness today?
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