October 7

Suffering and God’s Presence
(The Suffering of Job)

Job

Preschool

Key Passage:
Colossians 1:16b

Christ Connection:
The story of Job reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but He suffered to take the punishment for our sin. Jesus comforts us when we suffer, and we can trust Him.

Big Picture Question:
Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

Story Point:
Job learned that God is always good.

Bible Story Summary:

  • Sad things happened to a man named Job, and he did not understand why.

  • God talked to Job in a whirlwind.

  • Job learned that God is always good.

  • God gave back everything Job had lost and more.

Big Ideas:

  • Sad things happened to Job, but he loved God.

  • God is in charge of everything He made.

  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How would you feel if difficult or sad things happened to you?

  • Would God still be good if He had not healed Job and given him back what he lost?

  • How do we know God is good even when sad things happen?

Family Activity:
Identify a person or family in your church who is suffering. Pray for them. Find a tangible way to comfort them. You may send a card, perform an act of service, or give them a hug.


Younger Kids

Key Passage:
Colossians 1:16b-17

Story Point:
Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.

Big Picture Question:
Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

Christ Connection:
Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do people suffer sometimes?

  • In what ways is God still good, even in suffering?

  • When will all suffering and pain end?

Family Activity:
Contact a local nursing home to schedule a time to go as a family to visit residents. Discuss the ways we can comfort those who may be sick, weak, or otherwise suffering. Ask your kids whose we trust as our ultimate source of comfort.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Colossians 1:16b-17

Story Point:
Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.

Big Picture Question:
Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

Christ Connection:
Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do people sometimes suffer?

  • How can we trust that God is still good, even in suffering?

  • When will all suffering and pain end?