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 searches for answers to his predicament, he examines his life to make sure that there is no sin for which he is being punished.
Ask the children…
What questions does Job examine himself with?
“Have I lied to anyone
or deceived anyone?” (Job 31:5)
“Have I refused to help the poor,
or crushed the hopes of widows?” (Job 31:16)
“Have I put my trust in money
or felt secure because of my gold?” (Job 31:24)
Job takes a hard look at his life. He asks himself about his own trustworthiness, his care for others less fortunate and what he places his trust in. In each case he answers that he has not sinned in these areas.
Ask your children to take a look at their lives in these areas? For that matter, do it with them. What do they find when they look? If there are areas of sin, spend some time confessing those sins to God to experience His forgiveness and cleansing and then by God’s grace make a plan for making God honoring changes. Remember, we can’t do anything apart from God’s power.
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