Background: The book of Job tells the story of a faithful man who feared God. One day Satan (the acccuser) came to God making accusations against God’s people. God suggested that Satan take a look at His faithful servant Job. Satan told God that the only reason that Job was faithful was because God was blessing him. God therefore gave Satan permission to test Job. And Satan did; he destroyed Job’s crops, livestock, servants, houses and even killed Job’s children and finally Satan destroyed Job’s health. Job has 3 friends who come to sit with him and to give him their advice. Unfortunately they think they know if all.
Ask the children…
What does Eliphaz say about who much he knows and how Job should respond?
““If you will listen, I will show you.
I will answer you from my own experience.
18 And it is confirmed by the reports of wise men
who have heard the same thing from their fathers—
19 from those to whom the land was given
long before any foreigners arrived..” (Job 15:17-19)
What does Eliphaz conclude about who the world works?
““The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives.
Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.
21 The sound of terror rings in their ears,
and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer.” (Job 15:20, 21)
Eliphaz concludes that if someone is going through difficulty then they must be wicked. He cannot see that there may be other reasons that people suffer.
If we think we know it all then we are in for trouble. We can only continue to learn if we realize there is so much that we don’t know and if we are open to learning.
Ask your children what they expect to learn today? Are they open to learning something completely new that they know nothing about? Remind them that God is doing new things all the time and that is what makes life exciting.
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