“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” – Exodus 2:23-25 NIV
“God’s way is perfect.” – 2 Samuel 22:31 NIrV
“Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” Joshua 1:9b, NIrV
My name is Lyle Harrison and I am the Children’s Pastor at Thrive. It’s an honor to share with you some of the stuff we have going on in the Children’s Ministry.
But first, just a little bit about how we teach our kids. It is a curriculum called Orange. Why Orange? Well, it takes two key influences in a child’s life and combines them together as much as possible. You could say they are colors. The first one, red, is the church. The second, yellow, is the home. Combine them together and (you guessed it), it becomes Orange. Pretty nifty right?
Why don’t we take that concept and apply it to what the kids have been learning this month. This month has been all about a man who, at first, was a little nervous about following God’s plan for his life. But eventually he became one of the most important figures in not just one, but two faiths. This man was Moses.
While discovering his life this month, the kids had two verses that have been repeated over and over again. The first one is 2 Samuel 22:31, the other is Joshua 1:9b. Even though these two verses are not in Exodus, they show the two things Moses had to learn about God.
First Look taught our little ones that God’s way is perfect and that is the best reason to follow Him.
252 taught our 1st – 5th graders about Courage and that God is with them wherever they go. The kids applied these two verses in a bunch of different examples and activities that will help them when they go about their week with their families. Some of these examples included a burning bush, a bunch of plagues, and parting a sea … pretty impossible things but not impossible with God.
What about that first group of verses in Exodus? I think this speaks all ages right now. All the things that happened to Moses were because God’s people cried out to God and He answered. The word “groan” loses some of it’s meaning in English. Here, when the Israelites are groaning, the physical and mental pain they are having is so intense that they all cry out as a nation to God … and God remembered His promise to their ancestors.
In America, physical and mental pain still happens. It may not be on the same level as the Israelites in slavery, but it is still there. Maybe that is part of the problem. We’ve become numb to our pain and the pain of those around us. We think that it is “the way it’s supposed to be” and just write it off as a bad day…week…month…year.
But God wants you to remember that there is a better way of living. His way. If you are courageous enough to cry out to Him, He will answer. If we ALL cry out to Him, as His people, and then be ready, the impossible can still happen.
Lyle Harrison | Thrive Church Children's Pastor