Conversation Starters: Redeemed from Poor Choices
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Children, the elderly, the weak, and the helpless often become victims in a society that places far too little value on human life. Psalm 8 shows us that God’s perspective is completely different. His perspective is wrapped up in His glory. God can do great things through those people the world calls weak, helpless, or unnecessary. He has chosen the weak things of the
world to defeat the mighty and glorify His name.
Concept: Redeemed from Poor Choices
LIFE POINT: God led Abram and his family to a new home. His nephew, Lot, went with him. Abram and Lot lived in tents so they could move from place to place. Abram’s and Lot’s animals needed grass to eat and water to drink. Their workers began to quarrel with each other about the grass and the water. Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not quarrel or fight with one another. We are part of the same family.” They decide to divide the land. Lot looked and chose the land near the Jordan River. Abram took his family and animals toward Canaan. God told Abram to look in every direction. God said, “I will give this land to you and your children forever. Your family will be so big that you cannot count them.” Abram thanked God. Abram was glad that he and Lot had worked together as a family.
LIVE IT OUT: Let your child begin to make his own choices. He could choose what clothes to wear or
snack to eat and other appropriate choices for his age. This will lead to making right choices when he is
LIFE POINT: God spoke to Abram in a vision and told him that he would have a son. Abram didn’t know how this would happen because he was getting very old. God promised Abram that the number of
people in his family would be as many as the stars in the sky. Abram’s wife, Sarai, became tired of waiting on God for a child. She told Abram to have a child with Hagar, her maid. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarai was mean to her maid. Hagar ran away to the desert. An angel told Hagar to go back
home and to name her son Ishmael. The angel also told Hagar her son’s descendants would be too numerous to count. Hagar returned home. When her baby was born, Abram named him Ishmael.
LIVE IT OUT: Down the left side of a sheet of paper print UNCONDITIONAL. Talk about the
meaning of the word, that God loves us no matter what happens. Help your child think of words about God’s love that begin with each letter.
Genesis 15:1-6; 16:1-5; 17:18-19
THE POINT: God’s plans are always better than our own. Share a funny time when things didn’t turn out like you planned. What expectations do we typically have when we take steps to follow God’s leading?
Discuss the following quote:
“God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”1 —Jerry Bridges
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student 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 My Story:
• Share how God has redeemed poor choices in your past. Explain to your student that God’s way is always best and that those poor choices can bring glory to the truth of God’s Word.
• Remind your student that God wants His best for them and that no choice is beyond His redemption.
1. “Trusting God Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 17 July 2015]. Available from the Internet: www. goodreads.com/work/quotes/123695-trusting-god-even-when-life-hurts