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. As Job pondered all of this, he concluded that in the end this was all part of God’s plan, even if Job could not understand it.
Ask the children…
What does Job conclude about Job’s ability to control God’s plan for his life?
“But once he (God) has made his decision, who can change his mind?
Whatever he wants to do, he does.” (Job 23:13)
Why do you think that Job says the same thing over again?
“So he will do to me whatever he has planned.
He controls my destiny.” (Job 23:14)
Job essentially repeats himself because he wants to make it clear that he understands that this is all about what God is doing and he cannot change it. Even though Job does not know that God has allowed satan to test him, he does know that this is all part of God’s plan and the sooner he gets that in his heart, the sooner he will find peace.
Ask your children if they are at peace with God’s plan for their lives? Are they at peace with what they look like and their physical abilities and family they have been born into and how much money they have, etc.? We will never find peace and happiness until we find peace with how God has made us. It doesn’t mean we have to stay in that situation forever, just that we can trust God with where we are today. Pray with your children for peace and joy with who they are and where they are.
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