Building On Hope: Lessons from the book of Job
Building on Hope is a set of lessons or play experiences outlining four themes found throughout the book of Job for use as a family or within children’s ministry. These themes explore God’s justice, God’s wisdom, God’s presence, and God’s comfort as building blocks for hope in times of trouble. The play theme for the curriculum uses LEGO to connect the narrative across the four lessons. Each session consists of a playtime where the child creates a "room"/scene related to the lesson, and with each successive lesson the rooms are stacked and added on top of one another. At the end of the four lessons, the child will have completed a four story high building which provide an object lesson on how we can build our hope in God when we face suffering and hurt.
Lesson Outline #1 God's Justice
Key Point / Topic:
We can trust God to right the wrong.
What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
- Job 3:25–26 NLT
Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high. My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God.
- Job 16:19–20 NLT
For Parents & Teachers
The story of Job breaks the rigid conviction that good people will always prosper and bad people will always suffer a loss in this world. Chapter 1 and 2 tells us that Job was a righteous man and yet God allows much suffering to come upon him. As children listen to the prologue of Job’s story, they may have questions as to why God allow for it to happen or whether God is ‘fair’. In today’s lesson guide your discussions around the truth that God is just, but we often don’t have all the information or the big picture to know why bad things happen to us. Bad things can happen as a consequence of the bad choices we’ve made, but it can also happen when we didn’t do anything wrong. This doesn’t mean God is unfair or unjust, but the Bible tells us no one will escape God’s justice and that at the end of time He will right the wrong. As Job unapologetically express his sorrow within his inner being (3:25-26), he also acknowledges that God is just and that God will not violate His justice. This is why he know he has a witness, an advocate who is no other than a righteous God, that will defend him in heaven (16:19-20). When we are faced with suffering, and we don't know why we can be sure that God knows and He is on our side.
Job 1-2 (Prologue)
* Introduce what ‘suffering’ means through the prologue.
When we turn the crank, we can see all the gears turning, this help us to understand how everything works, but that's not always the case in life. Sometimes we don't get to see the whole picture, and we only experience the result of all the things that happen behind the scene. Sometimes things work out the way we want to, but sometimes things don't go our way, and we find ourself wondering why.
*Discuss with children about recent events that seem unfair or may have hurt them.
Even though we may not know why, we can be sure just like Job did, that God is in control of all the things we can't see or understand. He promises He will right the wrong, and He is always on our side.