for Parents of Children

BIBLICAL PASSAGE MEMORY VERSE

Job 1:1–2:10; 42:10–17 Job 1:21

“Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21

Do you recall your child going through the “terrible two’s”? Maybe your child wanted to come inside wearing muddy shoes, but you made him or her take them off instead. Your child then threw a tantrum because you spoiled the fun! A two-year-old does not understand why muddy shoes are not allowed in the house; all he or she knows is you have made him or her unhappy. Sometimes as adults things happen that we do not like or understand. How do we respond to God in those times? Is He trying to steal our fun, our happiness, or our joy? Read Job 1:1–2:10 and Job 42:10–17. Job was a righteous man. Satan, not God, authored Job’s difficult circumstances. While God did allow Satan to afflict Job, God placed limits on Satan’s affliction. Job experienced incredible pain, yet he did not curse God. He did not sin. Because of this, God blessed Job with more than he had before. God took what Satan meant for harm and turned it into good. God allows difficulty to enter our lives, but He sets limits. And if we allow Him to, God will take the bad and work good through it.

Children often have difficulty understanding why things happen that ruin their fun, happiness, and enjoyment of life. In those cases, it seems easy to blame the one in charge—a parent or maybe God—for causing or allowing it to happen. As a parent, help your child understand that God allows consequences when we disobey Him. And sometimes we feel the consequences of others’ sin. Fair? No. Real? Absolutely! Sin can allow Satan to interrupt the flow of God’s blessings. As you pray for your children, pray that while God allows difficulty to come, they will understand that He knows their limits and desires for them to depend on Him alone for strength. Also, pray that they will seek for the ways in which God will use the bad circumstances for good in their lives or to bless the lives of others. Pray that they will understand that while this world is filled with pain, for those in Christ, eternity is filled with spiritual blessings more wonderful than our minds can even imagine.

F A M I LY D E V O T I O N T I M E
Connect . . .
Using a source of light such as the sun, a lamp, or a flashlight, the family creates shadows: shadow puppets, playing “shadow tag”—whatever their imagination allows. Explain that you cannot have a shadow without first having light; a shadow is simply the absence of light. Point out that the light source was blocked from reaching whatever surface you used to create shadows.

Explore . . .
Read: Job was a man who had many blessings and he trusted God. Then one day, Satan wanted to test Job’s trust in God. Then, read Job 1:13–21. Discuss as a family: If God is a good God, and gives us good things, then where (or whom) does evil come from? Mention that sin can allow Satan to interrupt the flow of God’s blessings, like interrupting light creates shadows.

Transform . . .
Family members talk about how God can take something Satan intended for harm and turn it into something good. Discuss: What are some examples you know of when God has taken something bad and made it good? Read Job 42:10–17 to conclude.

Pray that your family will trust God when difficult times come and always look for ways God uses difficult times for good.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. Copyright © Clarity Publishers, 2007. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for reproduction only for the study of Life Bible Study curriculum by a licensed church during the licensed year. No online or other duplication is permitted.