Big Idea: Our God always keeps His promises.
Bible Passage: Genesis 12, 15, 17
This week the kids heard about God's plan to save the world. All of term 1 we talked about how God made the world, how sin destroyed God's perfect creation, and how God promised that He would make a way to put it right again by saving the world from our sin. This week we heard about Abraham, a man God chose to be a part of His plan.
God made Abraham a promise (or a 'Covenant'). He said that he would bless Abraham & give him children and a big family. This was a crazy plan, because Abraham was very old- too old to have children! But God said that Abraham would have more descendants than there are stars in the sky. God used the stars to demonstrate that this was something that only He could do, and that Abraham would need to trust Him. Isaiah 55:8 tells us that God's thoughts and plans are far beyond what we can understand, and that He is trustworthy, even when the plan doesn't make sense to us.
We know we can trust God, even when His plan doesn't seem to make any sense, because our God always keeps His promises! We know this is true because God did eventually bless Abraham with children, he became the 'father' of the nation of Israel. And our God did make a way to save the world through sin – in & through Jesus- just as He said He would. We can trust our God; He always keeps His promises.
This week, choose a clear night to stargaze together as a family. Use a telescope if one is available. Look for constellations together. Talk about how God made a promise to Abraham. See if you can think of as many promises from the Bible as there are stars in the sky. Tell children, our God always keeps His promises, and the stars help us remember His greatness.