Have you ever felt God was leading you do something but when it got hard you quit? You may have even thought, “God must not be in this; it’s too hard. If God wanted me to do this, it would be easy.” Often that is our fear talking. Our fears can be so big, giant even, that it keeps us from the big and amazing things God made us to do.
Why do we think that if God is in it, that it has to be easy? The Israelites fought way more battles in the promise land than they did when they were wandering the dessert. God doesn’t always make it a smooth path and remove the obstacles for us. Sometimes God wants us to go to battle to show us what He can do through us.
God didn’t just remove Goliath when he threatened the Israelites. God didn’t just strike the giant down. David had to face the giant himself. But David knew God was with him. That allowed David to be strong and courageous. David didn’t back down from the battle, he trusted what God would do through him.
So what giants are you facing that you’ve been waiting on God to remove? God may just be waiting on you to trust in Him, to take courage, to know that God is with you, and to battle that giant with God by your side.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God made me to do big things. (David and Goliath • 1 Samuel 17:1-50)
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who made you to do big things?
Bottom Line: God made me to do big things.
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 practice our monthly verse. We will continue to practice this verse all month. Think of a fun reward (sticker, special treat/snack, etc.) you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to 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 practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about how David loved God and trusted that God would help him be strong and courageous. Do you remember the strong and courageous thing David did? (Pause.) Yes! David defeated BIG Goliath with just a sling and a stone. That was a really big thing to do, but David knew God made him to do big things, so he did it!
“God made you to do big things, too. The Bible verse we’re learning will help you remember that you can be strong and courageous because God is always with you. It says . . . ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord your God goes with you,’ Deuteronomy 31:6. (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“Yes! You sound SUPER fantastic! Now, David was able to do the big things God made him to do because he loved God and trusted that God would go with him. That made David strong and courageous; strong and courageous enough to defeat BIG Goliath!
“Today, we’ll make a list of big things we can do when we’re strong and courageous because we know God is with us. So let’s think of what big things we can do when we are strong and courageous. (Have each family member list something.)
“Wow! Look at this list! You can do so many BIG things. Let’s pray and thank God for making us strong and courageous so we can do the big things He made us to do. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, Thank You for making (name each child). Help all of us trust that You are always with us so we can be strong and courageous enough to do the big things You made us to do. Big things like (read the list your family made). You are amazing, God, and we love You. 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 your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.