This week, our children learned about what happened to Joseph after he had been sold into slavery. We heard the story of Joseph being thrown into prison because of a lie (Genesis 39-42). We discovered that God had a plan for Joseph in that prison and that plan was greater than anything Joseph could have expected!
It’s easy to have faith in God when life is going well, but how do we react when life gets hard? When we’re down in the trenches, it’s easy to question, “Is God really with me?” Joseph’s brothers attacked him, he was sold into slavery, and finally thrown into jail! It was two years before he got out of jail and was asked to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. He knew that he could not do it, but God could. God was with Joseph. Sometimes we have to wait a long time to see God’s plan unfold when we are in difficult situations. But God has promised to always be with us. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Here are some ways you can expand on our lesson with your children:
Practice our Bible verse with your children. “We know God makes everything turn out for our good. He does this for people who love and follow him.” Romans 8:28
Talk to your children about how God was with Joseph and He helped Joseph. In everything, Joseph did a good job. Thank God for being with us today. Pray with your children, ask God to help us in everything.
Draw a hopscotch grid on the sidewalk with chalk. Write out the words from the memory verse so they fit in the squares, and try to say it while you hop. It’s okay if your child can’t read yet. This is a good way to begin recognizing letters and words. Say the memory verse while they hop.
Check out these precious little people praising Jesus!
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9