Conversation Starters: God’s Promise of Victory
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: All of us would love a life where everything turns out just as we desire. Unfortunately, reality paints a different picture. Sometimes what we encounter is a minor inconvenience, and sometimes it is a life-changing catastrophe. Regardless of our circumstances, we can still experience good things from God. In fact, God can use those very difficulties to work His goodness into our lives.
Concept: God’s Promise of Victory
1 Samuel 24
LIFE POINT: King Saul went to look for David. Saul entered a cave. Saul did not know
David and his men were hiding in the back of the cave. David quietly cut off part of Saul’s robe without Saul knowing it. David called out to Saul and said, “The people said that I want to hurt you. I will not hurt you because God chose you to be king. Look, part of your robe is missing because I cut it off. Saul, know I have done nothing to you.”
Saul called out to David and then cried. Saul told David that David did a kind thing by not hurting him. Saul told David that he would be the next king. Saul asked David
not to hurt his family. David promised to never hurt Saul’s family, and then Saul returned home.
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child make a list of people who are special to him. After writing the list, read aloud each name saying, “God loves [name of person].”
1 Samuel 24
LIFE POINT: King Saul wanted to kill David. Saul took his army to find David in the desert. King Saul went into a cave alone. He did not know that David and his men were hiding in the back of the cave. David quietly sneaked up to Saul and cut off part of Saul’s robe. When Saul left the cave, David called to him. “I did no harm to you, but I could have done so.” David showed the cloth he had cut. “You have done good to me. May God reward you. I know you will be king one day. Promise that you will care for my
family,” Saul said. David promised to do what Saul asked.
LIVE IT OUT: Have you ever had to make a decision that was hard? Discuss one with your child. Help her to see that God will guide her through her decisions, even when
they are hard.
THE POINT: God’s goodness and love overcome life’s difficulties. When has something seemed too good to be true in your life? What are some things you have thought could separate you from God’s love? Discuss the following quote:
“There is One who remains faithful even when we doubt. One who is a firm foundation when our steps falter. One who holds on even when we let go. Keep your eyes on Him … ”1 —J.D. Greear
LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Overcome:
• Make your note cards for your student and place them in their cars, lunches, or backpacks as an encouraging reminder that God’s goodness will overcome.
If he or she plans to complete Loving Reminders:
• As a family, make “loving reminder” note cards and choose a person (or people) to whom you will give these out.
• Discuss with your student the importance of loving others as Christ loves us.
1. J.D. Greear, “J.D. Greear > Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 16 March 2015]. Available from the Internet: www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3400717.J_D_Greear