Welcome to Job
The problem of suffering has plagued humanity since the Fall. We trust things of this world, and when they don’t deliver, we are left bitter, sad and confused. This is no different for children- and the question is- how do we meet our children where they are and answer the question of how we deal with pain, suffering, and even the feeling of sadness and hopelessness head on and in an honest way. What better way than Job? This faithful servant loses everything of this world as well as hope. What will happen to Job—will he hope in the Lord? In himself? Or nothing at all? Our theme over this book is two-fold. One, we want to repeat over and over throughout this book: I can trust God when I’m happy and when I am sad. We want our children to know that they are allowed to feel what they feel and even articulate those feelings. We also want our children to know that their blessings are not dependent on how good they are. (Practically, as believers, we may not articulate this but we often live out of this theology. I helped this person so surely God will reward me. I gave this much money so won’t I receive a raise?) We have to fight against this kind of mindset ourselves, so we have to be sure we are teaching our kids the goodness of Jesus even in this difficult Old Testament book on suffering. We long to push our youngest Vintage Doubters, Seekers, and Followers to truly find hope in Christ by showing them the true source of hope through this series. Continue these conversations at home, using the resources found here.
Catechism Question To Review As A Family:
Question 1: What is our only hope in life and death?
Answer: That we are not our own but belong to God.
Verse to Memorize:
We have a new memory verse this week to go with our series in Job! Print our Memory verse page for elementary kids or an easier version for your younger kids, and hang it somewhere where you can practice daily! Also, tune in to our memory verse song at the end of the lesson for a song to help you memorize!
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Watch this video from one of our Vintage Volunteers. Have your bible ready! Lesson and worship attached here:
Want to engage in the lesson but looking for a different format? Join us on our Vintage Kids Podcast as we share the lesson in a short, family friendly way that allows you to listen on a walk, before dinner, or in the car.
Activity with Your Kids:
Blessed be the Name Mobile
Give your child a Mobile activity sheet. Allow them to cut out the long strip at the top and attach it to itself in a circle using tape or staple. This will be the top of their mobile.
In each of the boxes below allow your child to draw or write a scene that fits the caption. For example: “when I am happy” might make them think of playing with a friend. “when I am sad” might make them think of when they got a bad grade on a test. They can fill in the third on their own. Cut each of the squares out of the paper.
Attach string from the circular piece to each of the squares so they hang, creating a mobile.
Remind your child that, just like Job says, no matter what we feel, whether happy or sad, and no matter our circumstance, we say blessed be the name of God.