To teach youth to trust in God, even when it seems he has forgotten his promises to us
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
If you had to choose to either get a really bad present now, or wait 3 years to get a really good present, which would you choose?
If you could have anything in the world magically given to you, what would you want?
What did you think about the story of Abram & Sarai, and their quest to have a child? If you were Sarai and were 90+ years old and someone told God would still give you a kid, would you believe them?
What is one thing you really would want to get/be given?
- On a scale of 1-10, if someone were to tell you they were getting that thing for you but you had to wait a little while, how patient would you be? What if you had to wait a month? A year?
- Can you imagine having to wait as long as Abram & Sarai did – 60+ years – to receive something you had been promised?
If you were Abram & Sarai and had to wait so long to receive something you really wanted that God had promised you, how would you feel?
During her talk, Bailey said “Sometimes you have to trust that God can see so much more than you can even understand”
- Do you agree with what Bailey is saying here? What makes you agree or disagree?
- Why do you think God makes us wait sometimes to receive something he has promised?
Throughout the Bible, we see a number of promises that God gives his people (i.e. us) – promises about keeping us safe, promises about helping us in times of need, promises about providing for us and ensuring we have all we need
- Do you believe that God fulfills all his promises? Why or why not?
- Why do you think God might wait to fulfill a promise he has given us?
- Do you find it easy, or hard to wait on something God has promised? What makes it easy or hard?
Do you believe that God is a good dad who loves & protects you and will fulfill every promise he has given you? What makes you believe the way you do?
ACT IT OUT:
Sometimes in life when we are faced with tough situations and problems, it can be beneficial to remind ourselves of some of the promises God has given us – promises to protect us, to be with us, to provide for us. What is difficult however is the reality that sometimes God may wait longer than we want him to before fulfilling that promise – which can oftentimes be very tough.
This week, if you are struggling with any problem (anxiety, depression, your future, bullies, etc) or life in general, we want to encourage you to take some time – alone – to pray and ask God to speak a promise into that situation. Then, remind yourself every day of that promise – and be patient in waiting for Him to come through.
Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.