This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Genesis 50) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible. The very first book, Genesis, emphasizes beginnings. Beginning of the world and mankind, beginning of sin (man’s disobedience to God) and the beginning of God’s special nation.
God’s special nation is no longer in the land that God had promised to them. They have traveled down to Egypt because there is a famine in their land. God preserves His people by sending Joseph ahead of them to Egypt. Joseph miraculously becomes second in command to Pharaoh and he invites his Father and brothers and their families to come and live in Egypt. But God’s plan isn’t just to preserve this special nation.
Ask the children…
As Joseph nears the end of his life, what does he say about God’s promise of giving them the land in Canaan?
“‘Soon I will die,’ Joseph told his brothers, ‘but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’” (Genesis 50:24)
What did Joseph do to demonstrate his faith in God bringing His people back to the Promised Land?
“Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, ‘When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.’” (Genesis 50:25)
It is one thing to say you trust God, but quite another to live it out. Joseph shows his faith in God’s promise even as he prepares to die. He wants his bones brought back to the promised land. He made the people promise to do this. So Joseph continued to trust God even after his death.
Ask your children if there is something they are having to trust God for? How can they show their trust by an act? It could be through prayer or fasting or by stepping out in faith and trusting God to come through. Now make that act into a promise that relies on God’s promise. There is great power in our promise connecting to God’s promise.
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