Following Jesus is not always easy. In fact, it can be very difficult. The story of Job teaches us that following Jesus will be worth it. Job experienced quite a bit of hurt, suffering, and loss in his life. But he stayed faithful to God, who is good, present, and in control. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Job 1-42. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Job was a wealthy man who loved God and wanted to follow God’s plan.
One day, Satan came before God. God asked Satan if he had noticed Job. “No one else on earth is like him,” God said. Job was an honest man. He feared God and turned away from evil.
“Job only follows You because You protect him and bless him,” Satan said. “If You take away everything Job has, he will not follow You anymore.”
So God gave Satan permission to take away everything Job had, but Satan was not allowed to hurt Job. Satan sent men to steal Job’s animals. He caused Job’s children to die. In one day, Job lost all of his wealth and his children. But Job continued to follow God.
Satan came to God again. He said, “If Job gets sick, he will not praise You anymore.” So God gave Satan permission to make Job sick, but God did not let Satan kill Job. Job became ill with sores all over his skin.
“Do you still have faith in God?” Job’s wife asked. “Curse God and die!”
But Job said, “That’s foolish. How can we accept good things from God and not trouble?”
Three of Job’s friends came to visit Job. Their names were Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Job’s friends did not comfort Job. They said, “Job, you must obey God. If you do what is right and stop sinning, God will give you back everything you lost.”
“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Job said. Job wished he had someone to talk to God for him. He wanted answers because he did not understand why he was suffering.
Finally, a man named Elihu came to speak to Job. “God is greater than man,” Elihu explained. “He is not silent. God always does what is right.”
Then God spoke to Job through a whirlwind. God asked Job, “Were you there when I made the earth? Are you the one who told the sea where to stop? Did you decide when the sun would rise or when snow would fall? Did you put the stars in the sky? Can you tell the eagles when to fly in the sky?”
God helped Job understand that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. Job could not completely God’s plans, but he could trust God. God is in control. Job was sorry for doubting God.
God gave back to Job everything he had lost – and much more! Job had 10 more children, and he lived 140 more years. Job got to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up before he died.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What hard things happened to Job? (Robbers stole his animals; his children died; Job became sick)
- What did Job’s three friends say was happening to Job? (God was punishing him)
- How did God talk to Job? (in a windstorm)
- Can people always understand what God is doing? (no, but they can always trust God)
- How did Job’s story end? (Job was made well, he was richer than before, and he had more children)
- What kind of man was Job? (an honest man, who feared God and turned away from evil)
- What was the first thing Job lost? (his animals)
- After Job got sick, who encouraged him to turn his back on God? (his wife)
- Who came to visit Job? (his three friends)
- How did God speak to Job? (in a whirlwind)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
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.
Job suffered and wanted a mediator – someone to bring him to God. This reminds us of Jesus, who suffered even though He had never sinned. Jesus is our Mediator. He suffered to pay the price for our sins and put an end to suffering on earth. Jesus brings us to God when we trust in Him.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God that He is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. Ask Him to help us trust in Him, in both the good and the bad times in life. Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, who never sinned but still suffered and died to pay the price for our sin. Thank Him that He rose again.