“He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars- if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’” Genesis 15:5
Remind your children of the story of Abraham (his obedience, God’s covenant with him, and the fulfillment of God’s promises).
The story of Abraham teaches us about God’s faithfulness. What does it mean for God to be faithful?
Faithfulness means that God stays true to his word. God will never make a promise that he won’t keep. He never says something and then forgets about it. Abraham knew that God was faithful, and this is why he could trust God. Abraham trusted God so much that he left his family and his country in order to move somewhere he had never, ever been before. Abraham had faith that God would keep his promises and always be with him.
What are some promises that God has made to us?
We learned last Wednesday in kid’s choir, that when we honor our father and mother, God promises to bless us. God has also promised us that when we confess our sins, he will forgive us. God even promises us that he has a plan for our lives! God has promised us so many things; our job is to remember these promises and believe that God will keep his word.
When God makes a promise, will he make sure it happens right away?
God has his own timing for our lives. He has a plan for us that is way better than anything we could imagine for ourselves. Sometimes God has us wait a really long time before his promise happens. Abraham had to wait until he was 100 years old to have his son, Issac. Abraham knew that God was faithful, so he kept believing that he would one day have a son even though he had to wait for it.
When we pray for something, we usually want it right now, but God isn’t like a genie who grants our every wish. He knows the plan of the whole universe, so he has to keep things on his schedule. Sometimes we pray, and we feel like giving up because we have been praying for the same thing that never seems to happen. However, in these tough situations, we should still have faith in God’s promises, just like Abraham did. Abraham knew that God would be faithful to the promise he made, and so Abraham stayed faithful to God. We need to believe God’s promises in our lives and trust that one day, they will be true.
Lead your family in a prayer that asks God how to believe in his faithfulness.
Help your kids memorize the big picture question and passage from Super Sunday:
Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29