1. Today's lesson comes from 2 Chronicles 20. Take a few moments and watch this short video with the kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4LHGisTECs
Scary situations can have us spinning. It is tempting to search and react in situations because we feel the need to respond. Sometimes conditions can get so bad, and out of hand, all you can do is pray. Sometimes Prayer consists of a conversation with God, a fast (removal of a habit or food), or a combination of these things with song. In today's discussion, King Jehoshaphat is calling out to God for help in a situation that seems to have unrealistic hope in a positive outcome. He encourages everyone to join in a fast and pray out to God. Take a few moments this morning and read through 2 Chronicles 20 and see the behaviors that change the outcome.
Take a few moments and reach 2 Chronicles 20, discuss your first emotions and thoughts on the reading. Encourage the kids to draw a picture of things that come to mind. Ultimately, God is in control when we are not, and sometimes our worst setting has a cause for a song.
Anticipation seems to be the storyline at the moment. Anticipation isn’t really a bad emotion just the circumstances alter the emotion from excitement to fear. We have a human nature to want to control an inevitable negative outcome. The Old Testament prophet Micah had a job to do and it wasn’t in the category of exciting. The people were on the wrong path filled with evil and the lack of righteous justice. Micah is very direct about the shortcoming of the people and the expectations God had for his people. There seems to be an attempt to reconcile with God with gifts and sacrifices but the response found in Micah 6 might surprise you. Take a few moments and read through Micah 6 and see if there is a timeless truth in this moment.
Having faith without having control or even knowing the outcome in a situation can be scary and difficult to press forward. In some of our situations it is evident that what is taking place isn’t working and something has got to change. In today’s story the Prophet Isaiah is experiencing the social pressures that come with immoral and selfish behaviors. It wasn’t uncommon for a prophet to come across as crazy and maybe not “all there” in a mental state. As you read today’s lesson let me encourage you to take a few moments before or after today’s lesson and read chapters 1-6, maybe even from a study bible to help gain a better perspective on the setting. Isaiah is facing a challenge from the Lord God to encourage the world to change and realign with Gods direction.
Bad things seem to happen all the time. When these moments come along for us it is easy for us to move from our foundational beliefs or Christian behaviors in search of something better or different. In today’s story we are encouraged by Ruth as her foundation and status in that world slipped away. She hung close to her mother in-law even when she was encouraged to move on away from her family. The phrase in Ruth 1:16 has encouraged many of people especially through a popular praise song. Be encouraged to spend a few moments reading through this short book in the Bible and discover how God rescues Ruth and changes the world through this one moment in time.
- Go around the room and discuss your first thoughts about the story.