Kids will play Spin That Wheel Live! along with goofy characters who try to answer questions about the stories of Ruth and Job. This four-week, live-teaching series, shows kids that God stayed with Ruth and Job in hard times, just like he is always with us.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 3: Job Loses Everything But God, Job 1
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. What did God say about Job? (God told Satan there was no one like him, and he was very confident in his faith.)
2. Why did Satan want to hurt Job, and how did he do it? (Satan wanted to make Job stop praising God. He took away his animals, servants and kids.)
3. What did you think Job was going to do when he found out his kids had died? What did he actually do? (Take some responses. Job praised God even in his sad times.)
4. Imagine if you were Job. Would you respond the same way he did? Why or why not? (Take responses.)
5. Has there ever been a time in your life where you were really sad? Did you feel like God was with you? (Take some responses. You might need to answer first to get the ball rolling.)
ASK YOUR KID
How did Job prove Satan wrong?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Job 1
The Bible says that Job was upright and blameless. God told Satan that “there is none like him on earth.” Job was a good man, and God draws our attention to Job’s character multiple times at the beginning of this book to establish an important truth: Nothing Job did was the cause of his suffering.
But isn’t that one of our first questions when faced with suffering? What caused it? It’s a question every human wrestles with because suffering is a human experience. We want a reason for suffering and we tend to ask “why” and “how”. But the book of Job is purposefully silent in answer to those questions. Instead, it focuses on the contrast of Job’s reaction to God in the midst of his suffering and also Job’s friends’ reaction to his suffering. Through the dialog of the book, it becomes painfully clear that human perspective is simply not big enough to answer the “why” question of suffering. God is operating out of a complexity and bigness that we cannot understand. He has perspective we do not.
Ultimately, God gave Job a new family and restored to him twice as much wealth as he had before. He wrestled God with emotional honesty and landed in a place of humility, trust, and stronger faith. But suffering had changed Job. And while he didn’t get his old family or his old stuff back; what he did get was perspective.
Working through suffering in our own lives with emotional honesty can give us the gift of perspective, too. Job landed in a place where he understood that his suffering wasn’t a punishment, and neither were the good things in his life a reward. God was God. And rather than ask why, Job decided to humbly trust him in all things. The strength of his faith was independent of his circumstances and what he possessed, and because of that, he was a blessed man.
When you experience suffering or witness the suffering of others, what questions do you ask?
How can you shift your why question to trust in God?
“God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you,” Deuteronomy 31:6b.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.