Children to -:
Children to know the importance of planning
Children to make a simple plan
Children to live on a pre-planned basis
Bible Story Reference:
Genesis 41: 46 -57
A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t,
and even brags about it!
Give kids scenarios and let them tell you how they would plan ahead to overcome the challenge. (Some ideas include: The first day of school after the holiday, A school trip, A sleep over at a best friend’s home, Make It Happen Retreat).
Looking ahead is the process of making small plans to help us await the future with no worry. Like carrying an umbrella on a cloudy day. In our Bible Story today we look at a man who looked ahead. His name was Joseph. The Pharaoh dreamt there would be a famine. Joseph understood the dream
because God gave him wisdom. With this he was able to come up with a plan to shield people of Egypt from hunger. He was promoted to a great leader. He had the officials store food for the seven years of plenty. This food became so important during the seven years of famine. Many people were greatly affected by the famine so they traveled to Egypt to buy food. Thanks to Joseph’s wisdom, the world was saved and Egypt became wealthy.
● We have seen so far that visions come from God, and we should pray over them and then follow with obedience with planning and acting on the plans that God has given us. Anticipatory vision requires us to rely on God in every step of our journey. He is a master plan, and if we rely on Him, He will give us exemplary plans, and the wisdom to plan ahead.
1. What is looking ahead? Planning
2. How did Joseph know what the dreams of Pharaoh meant? God gave him wisdom
3. How many years of famine were there? Seven years
Father God, thank you for showing us through Joseph how to plan ahead. Help me to always follow through on my plans to help myself, my family and in my
community. In Jesus name, Amen.