Text: 1 Samuel 25:18-38
Topic(s): God is Our Shepherd
Questions to ask in children’s church:
- Read 1 Samuel 2:8-9 (NIV is best for children)
- To whom does the whole world belong?
- Who owns the pillars of the earth, the power sustaining the earth?
- God does. He keeps all things moving and existing.
- Who keeps people moving and existing?
- God does.
- If we are God’s people, He even safeguards our steps like a parent who keeps her child from doing something he may not recover from.
- In this life, you will make mistakes and take missteps. If we are God’s people, He safeguards us from making mistakes and taking missteps that don’t work out for our good.
Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:
- Read 1 Samuel 25:18-38 again.
- Why do you think David praised God for using Abigail to stop him from accomplishing his plan?
- How did Abigail stop the injustice David was about to commit, and was it a godly way to prevent injustice?
- How do you think we can speak against the injustices of our day in a way that honors God?
Note from the pastor to families:
God is sovereign. His providence, working all things together, is a key theme through 1 Samuel. Like a shepherd watches over his flock, guiding sheep away from the danger of which they are never aware, so He guides His people. Like the parent who keeps her toddler from launching himself over the back of the couch even when he perceives no danger, so God keeps His people from making mistakes and taking missteps that do them no good. God is sovereign over our sin. Before we come to faith in Christ, He hands us over to sin through His Law so we recognize our depravity and wretchedness. He reveals Himself as the only righteous and holy one and calls us to repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness (Cf. Romans 11:32). After we have experienced conversion, God hands us over to some sin in order to keep us from exalting ourselves (Cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9). More are the sins from which He keeps us (Cf. 1 Samuel 2:8-9) because He is making His people perfect and complete. You might often hear a preacher or teacher command you to become perfect and righteous by keeping yourself from sin. You cannot do that by your own might or muster. God is the sovereign sustainer of His world, not us. Our sanctification is God’s work. May we participate with Him as we are sanctified. When we sin, may we recognize God’s hand in it, repent, and continue to exalt Christ alone.
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