COME AS YOU ARE, BUT DON’T LOOK BACK
When we come as we are to God, we can know that He has a plan that is sooo much better for us than the one we have ourselves. Following God’s Word is not always easy, but everything that He says in it is meant to help us. Even when it’s hard to follow God, we can trust that it is the best thing that we can do!
THE GRUMPY ISRAELITES
This week we learned about Moses and the Israelites. The Israelites were the people that followed God way back in the day before Jesus even came to the Earth! There was one time where they were in a terrible situation. They were slaves in Egypt and had to spend almost all their time building and working really hard without even getting paid. God chose Moses to rescue them from this life and lead them to freedom, but after they were free, it didn’t take very long for them to forget everything that God had done.
They had seen God do amazing miracles; like parting the sea so they could cross it to escape Egypt and raining food down for them from sky. And those were just a few of the crazy things that God had done for them! No matter what though, the Israelites would eventually find some reason to complain. They even started to wish that they could go back to Egypt just because they missed the type of food they had there! Can you imagine how much their complaining was hurting God?
Sometimes we can find ourselves doing the same thing. When there’s one thing in our lives that isn’t going the way we want, we tend to forget all the great things that God has blessed us with. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, it doesn’t mean that things will always be easy. Sometimes it even gets harder because not everyone will understand the decision we make to do things God’s way. God has a plan for us that is better then any plan we could have for ourselves, but it requires us to look ahead and leave our past behind. God can make us better and better everyday, but we have to choose to not look back!
Discuss the following questions with your child…
1. Have you ever caught yourself complaining?
2. How do you think it makes God feel when we complain and don’t appreciate the things He has given us?
3. What are some things we can do to be better and better (and more like Jesus) everyday?