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:
Good Advice/Bad Advice
You can play this game with your kids almost anywhere- in the car, on a walk, at dinner- you name it.
Tell your kid(s) you are going to play a game. You are going to share some advice. If your kids think it is good advice, they can give you a thumbs up- or shout good. If they think it is bad advice, they can give you a thumbs down, or shout bad.
Play through the following scenarios:
You forget your homework and your friend tells you to copy hers. Good or bad advice?
You are hungry and your mom says wait for dinner. Your friend says sneak into the pantry and get a snack anyway. Good or bad?
You see someone trip and fall. Your friend says “let’s go help him!” Good or bad?
You are picking on someone on the bus. Your friend says “Hey, I don’t think that is nice. Let’s try being her friend.” Good or bad?”
Come up with a few more that are relatable to your child and your family. Then let your kid come up with a few for you!
Talk about what good advice looks like and what bad advice looks like. Is it easy to walk away from bad advice or not?