Following God Even When It’s Hard to Do | June 7, 2020

Hey Sunday School Friends!

 

 

We made it to Summer!  We’re still having to stay home for a while because of the virus, but with parks and beaches opening up soon, hopefully you can make plans to have some fun adventures with your family in the weeks to come!

 

Below is a short Devotion you can do with your Mom or Dad, or your Mom AND Dad after you watch the ONLINE Worship for Sunday June 7, 2020 (See the information above to watch this week’s Worship Video!)

 

Sunday School Devotion for June 7, 2020

 

Today we’re watching a story about Elijah – following God even when it’s hard to do!  Elijah was a Prophet in Old Testament Bible times.  A Prophet is someone that God talks to, then they tell the people what God said.  Sometimes it was easy to be a Prophet, and sometimes it was hard.  People didn’t always like what the Prophet had to say.  But Elijah loved God and followed Him – even when it was hard to do!  (If you want, you can get an easy kids jigsaw puzzle and a hard adult jigsaw puzzle to use in the activity below)

 

What are some things that are easy for you to do!

(Run fast, jump up and down, blow bubbles, count to 10)

What are some things that are not so easy for you to do?

(Mow the lawn, make pancakes, reach the top shelf, drive a car)

 

(Get the two puzzles and pour the pieces out on a table next to each other)

Which of these two puzzles is easier to put together?

(Kids Puzzle)

Why is the other one so hard?

(Lots of pieces, different shapes, takes a long time)

Why would anyone want to do the hard puzzle?

(Challenge, teaches patience, helps us learn / grow)

 

Have a contest: Kids put the Kids puzzle together, Adults put the Adult puzzle together (Who Won?)

 

It’s not always easy to put together a puzzle, and it’s not always easy to follow God, like when He asks us to:

  • Love people who don’t love us back
  • Forgive people that hurt us
  • Give up something we want for ourselves that someone else needs
  • Do what God says even when other people make fun of us

 

Just like doing the big puzzle – when we do hard these hard things it helps us to learn and grow, to be more patient, more loving, more kind toward others.  God will never ask us to do something that is not good for us, or good for someone else, so even when it’s hard to do, it’s important to trust God and follow Him.

 

It wasn’t always easy for Elijah to follow God, but he knew that God would take care of him no matter what, so he kept following God even when it was hard to do.  And because he did, many people were blessed!

 

Watch the Story about “Elijah”

– Click the link to see the video:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5gAXoerjw

 

Even when there were people chasing him and he was in danger of losing his life, Elijah trusted God and kept doing what He said.  He knew that God would take care of Him, and that God would give him the strength he needed to do what God asked Him to do.

 

Even when it’s hard for us, we can trust God just like Elijah, and know that God will take care of us too, and give us everything we need to do what He asks us to do!

 

One Bible verse where God encourages us to keep going even when it’s hard is Galatians 6:9.  Another verse is 1 Peter 5:10 which reminds us that even if we suffer for following God, He will always be there to help us and strengthen us.  If you want, you can get a Bible and read these verses together!

 

ACTION:

When soldiers got tired in a battle one thing that gave them strength was to look at their flag to remember what they were fighting for.  When it’s hard to follow Jesus, we can look at the Cross to remind us of His sacrifice for us, and to find the strength we need to keep going!  Using whatever art supplies you have, draw or color a picture of a cross, then hang it in your room where you will see it every day, to remind you that Jesus is always there to help you!

 

Say this Prayer together: Dear Jesus, thank You for loving us, and for watching over us every day.  Give us the strength we need to keep following You, even when it’s hard to do.   In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

 

Look for a new Sunday School Devotion next week!!

 

Stay Safe!  Stay Healthy!

Peace,

Mr. K

 

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