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Children to know that God’s love does not change with situations
Bible Story Reference:
Job 23:12 NIV
“I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have
treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
➢ Our Bible story today is about a man named Job who honored God and avoided evil. God considered Job an upright servant, but Satan argued that Job only served God because of the comforts the Lord provided. So begins the testing of Job.➢ Read this passage to the children with feeling.
If possible, use slightly different voices for the characters.
➢ Job was considered a great man with godly character.
➢ Satan accused Job of serving God only because of God’s blessings
➢ God gave Satan permission to attack Job’s family and possessions
➢ Job lost his children, servants, and possessions. Job lost everything! God gave Job inner strength to accept the problems he was facing. Do you have problems? God is in control of your life, too. If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, accept problems as part of God’s plan to show His strength in you. He will be with you and give you inner strength, or grace, to go through hard times. God often allows problems so that we can depend on His strength and not our own. But when God chooses not to remove a problem, He promises to give us grace (His divine help) to continually trust Him. When others see the special strength God gives, they will praise Him. God is working in your life even when you face difficult problems or disappointments.
➢ Job felt deep sadness and hurt, but he turned to God in worship, not anger. When we face trials, God wants us to turn to Him in worship,
rather than turning away from Him in anger. It is easy to blame God or others, but God wants us to trust Him and look for the lessons He is
trying to teach us.
➢ Job showed the proper reaction to his sufferings when he accepted his
trials and praised God instead of cursing Him. He realized that everything
he had came from the Lord; good things and hard problems alike. His attitude was praise.
1. Why was God pleased with Job? (Job was a blameless servant, who honored God and hated evil.)
2. Who accused Job of serving God because of the blessings the Lord provided? (Satan.)
3. Satan asked God for permission to do something, what was it? (Strike or destroy everything that Job possessed.)
4. What did Satan hope to gain by destroying Job’s wealth and family? (The devil wanted Job to curse God.)
5. If we don’t complain when God gives us good things, should we be angry when He allows them to be taken away? (Allow for discussion.
No, we should be thankful that the Lord blesses us at all. We should take comfort in knowing that He will see us through our times of suffering.)
6. Did Job fall into Satan’s trap and curse God? (No, even though Job lost his wealth, sons, and daughters, he did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.)
Carry over Activity
Use a box to make an “Acceptance Box.” Cut a slit in the lid and write on the outside of the box, “I accept God’s work in my life through this problem.” Give every child a slip of paper. Have children write on their paper a problem they are facing without identifying who they are. Let each one put the paper into the box. Spend time in prayer, allowing the children to pray for one another.
Thank you God for teaching us through your Word today. Help us Lord Jesus to stay steadfast in our love and commitment to you. Holy Spirit, may you teach us how to handle the tests and temptations that come to us. Keep us and protect us until we meet again, may our lives make others want to love you. In Jesus name Amen.
In our lesson today, we learned that spiritual warfare is real. Satan was allowed to torment Job to tempt him to curse God. Job knew his strength came from the Lord and clung tightly to Him during his season of suffering. When we go through troubling times, we may not be able to see the beginning from the end, but we can take comfort in knowing that God works for the good of those who love Him.