There have been times in my life when I knew God was leading me to do something. Unfortunately, I did not understand how He expected me to accomplish it. Have you ever felt that way? How are we to proceed when the task seems so insurmountable and our resources are limited? The truth is we cannot, but God can!
There are times in our lives when the only way something can be done is if God steps in and makes it happen. Times like these help us to rely and trust on Him alone. They also allow those around us to see that it was not us and point them to our God of Wonder.
The trick is to not focus on why it cannot be done but to focus on God, step out on faith, and do it even when it seems impossible. Gideon felt that way. He did not feel like a leader nor did he feel courageous. But God used Him to defeat a huge army with only three hundred men. That is what we want our kids to learn, that even when God’s way seems impossible, it is still the perfect way to go.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God’s way is always perfect (Gideon’s Army • Judges 7:1-8)
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIrV
Key Question: Whose way is perfect?
Bottom Line: God’s way is perfect.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to remind your child of the monthly verse. Be sure to have a reward (it can be a special snack, a sticker, or any prize of some sort) you can give them during the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section when they say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and rewarding them for learning the memory verse. They have practiced all month so have fun rewarding them for all their hard work.
Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about a man named Gideon. He was leading God’s army. I’m sure there were times when they had to be very quiet, too, so no one found them! Gideon had to trust that [Bottom Line] God’s way is perfect, even when he didn’t understand what God was doing. There may be times when we have to do that, too. Today, we’ll make a list with our names. I want to use it to pray that we will trust that [Bottom Line] God’s way is perfect and JUMP, JUMP, and go God’s way.” (Write down each family member’s name. Be sure to write your child’s name so they can recognize the letters).
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for (name each family member). I pray they will trust that Your way is perfect. I pray they will be brave enough to tell others that Your way is perfect. And I pray they will go Your way, even when they don’t understand. Thank You for loving us and helping us go Your way. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of
our kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.