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 had 3 friends who came to console him but just ended up accusing him. What can we learn from Job’s patience?
Ask the children…
How was Job feeling about how his friends were treating him in his misery?
““How long will you torture me?
How long will you try to crush me with your words?” (Job 19:2)
How many times had they insulted Job?
“You have already insulted me ten times.
You should be ashamed of treating me so badly.” (Job 19:3)
10 is the number of patience in the Bible. Jacob endured 10 changes in his wages (Genesis 31:7), the Israelites tempted God 10 times with their rebellion (Numbers 14:22) and now Job is insulted by his friends 10 times. God is committed to teaching us how to be patient in times of trouble. Why? Because it is one of His great character traits. He is patient with us. Aren’t you glad!
Ask your children how God is teaching them patience in their lives today? Ask they how they are bearing up under the trial? Read together 1 Corinthinans 10:13 and ask God to provide what you need to bear up under these trials and to give you patient endurance.
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