The child will be able to describe how God is in control no matter what happens.
Bible Story Reference: Acts 12:1-17
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Jesus’ disciple, named Peter, was put into prison for teaching people about Jesus. Four groups of soldiers were told to guard him. But while Peter was there, the church never stopped praying to God for him.
The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was fast asleep and bound by two chains. There were soldiers on both sides of him, and two more soldiers were guarding the entrance to the prison.
Suddenly, an angel appeared, and light flashed all around the cell. “Quick!” the angel said to Peter. “Get up!” Then, the chains fell off of Peter, and he followed the angel out of the city. Peter went to a house where many of Jesus’ followers were praying. When they saw Peter, they were completely amazed! Peter told them about how the Lord had led him out of prison.
At this time, James, another one of Jesus’ disciples, had been killed. Then, Peter was put into prison. If he had been found guilty at his trial, Peter might have been killed also.
God was in control when he rescued Peter. But he was also in control when James died. God is always in control—even when bad things happen and even when it may not feel like he is there.
God is the creator of all things, including each of us. And as the creator, he has a plan for our lives. God knows everything and sees the “bigger picture” that we cannot see. In fact, God tells us in the Bible that his thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Hard times will come, but that does not mean that God is no longer in control. It means that God has a plan that is different than what we expected. God has already shown his great love for us by sending Jesus, and he assures us in his Word that he works all things for the good of everyone who loves him (Romans 8:28). So, no matter how we feel or what we face, we can always know that God is in control.
Help me learn to trust you always. Amen.
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