Grove Kids -September 25, 2022
High Wire: Daring to Trust
This Month’s Memory Verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5, NIrV
This Month’s Virtue:
Trust—Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on
Jacob and Esau’s | Reconciliation Genesis 31:3; 32:3-32; 33:1-17
We finish the month by discovering what happened to Jacob and Esau’s relationship. In Genesis 31:3, 32:332, and 33:1-17, we find out that Jacob knows that God wants him to return home after years of living away from Esau. After all that has happened, Jacob is worried about how Esau will respond to him. Jacob goes above and beyond to ensure his safety, but God has already prepared the way. Jacob and Esau reconcile. Esau goes home to his family and Jacob camps with his family in Canaan.
I can trust God no matter what.
You can trust God even when you’re worried.
God isn’t scared of our questions. God isn’t upset when we’re worried. Those are just part of what it means to be human. Thankfully, when we have concerns or worries about what might happen in our lives, we can find comfort in trusting God with those situations. God has cared for us in the past. God’s not stopping now. We pray kids will learn how to trust God, even when they’re worried.
Message to Parents
As young students, we are taught to write stories with such creativity that when someone reads them, they won’t have to ask, “who, what, when, where, why, and how?” As a parent, you love questions, don’t you? Especially coming from your child during a long road trip or in the middle of trying to get chores done. “But, why, Mom?” “Are we there yet?” You might be cringing just reading those questions because they are so fresh and so constant.
I get it. I do.
However, I wonder what God thinks about our same questions? “Are we there yet, God?” “Am I done learning my lesson?” “Why do I have to go through all of this?” Our questions as humans don’t ever stop; and our God who hears them doesn’t ever stop loving us because of them. Sure, like a good Father, He might grow weary of our questions. He did in the case of Abraham. Six times Abraham asks God to save the wicked land of Sodom for the sake of his nephew, Lot, who lived there. God was about to destroy the whole town because of their blatant sin against Him. Abraham knew that meant his nephew would perish along with the town. “For the sake of forty-five, will you spare the town”? Abraham asks God. God gives Abraham His favor, and six times Abraham lowers the number. God agrees until He is done listening to Abraham’s constant questions and He simply turns and walks away. As parents, we probably need to learn to turn and walk away, but we can also learn to allow to be a little more patient with some of the pleads of our children. At least, if they are for the good of others. As children of God, we can learn from this story that God is generous with us, He cares about our hearts’ desires, He is patient with our needs. As we are tempted to ask God the what-if questions, the how-come questions, and the why-me questions, I hope this article I found shines a little hope for TRUSTING in God in the day-to-day and the hurts and pains. It’s the four questions that Abraham DIDN’T ask.
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