05/31/2020 CHILDREN’S CHURCH MESSAGE: Elisha Helps a Widow and Her Sons

Hello everyone! Thank you for checking in on this week’s Children’s Church lesson! Today, I would like for us to worship and praise the God who cares for us.
• Who does God care for?
• What do all these people have in common?
(God cares for all of them; they all have needs.)
One thing we all have in common is that we all have needs. We need food, water, shelter, and people to care about us. I have good news for you today! God cares for people in need. That’s you and me. That’s also the homeless people who eat at soup kitchens and kids from all over the world who live in conditions different from ours.
God is the ruler of all nature, and he is fair. No matter what we go through in life, God wants us to remember that he cares for us! Sometimes we don’t feel very needy; we call those days sunny days. We sometimes call the days we’re concerned about our needs rainy days. Think about some of the things that might make you feel needy.
Most people don’t want those “rainy days” to come. But when it rains or pours in our lives, God wants us to know that he still cares for us and we can trust him to help us with our needs. If we hold on in times of trouble, we will grow stronger.
Think about a time God helped you when you had a need. Those “times” help us know that God is worthy of our worship. When you think of one of the great things God did for you, write it down, and then share it with someone. Talking about your experiences is a way to worship God.
We use our stories to tell God that we know he is good.
• Do you think it’s possible to praise God even when things are not going so well?
(Yes, we can always tell him how good he is; no, we’re too worried about how things are going to praise him.)
• How do you tend to feel about God when there seems to be more bad things than good things happening in your life?
(I know he’s in control; I wonder if he cares.)
When things get tough, we each have a choice to make. We can forget about God’s goodness, or we can choose to remember that he cares for people in need. God tells us that when things are not going so well, we can give our cares and worries to him.
We know that Jesus is a friend of ours, but let’s think about a verse that tells us who else God is a friend to. Deuteronomy 10:18 “He helps orphans and widows, and he loves foreigners and gives them food and clothes”
• Who is God a friend to?
(everyone; orphans and widows; foreigners.)
• Why do you think God would be a friend to these people?
(God loves everyone; God cares about them; God created them, too.)
God cares about all people. He cares especially for those who are lonely or hurting. He also cares especially for those who don’t have enough to eat or who have been mistreated. The Bible tells us that God helps those who are in need.
The Bible says that people who hope in the Lord will be given strength. That means God will help us when we know him and have a friendship with him. God cares about people in need.
🙏 God, thank you for all the good things you have done. These things give us hope! As we remember how you have cared for us when we were in need, we have hope for others. We know, Lord, that you care for people in need, and we pray that we can share our hope in you with others.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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