Joseph’s life took center stage in Children’s Sunday School this past week. I find it always enriching when the kids topics run parallel with the sermons. It displays a level of commitment and thoughtfulness on the part of the church leadership that goes above and beyond simply delivering a message. It shows that they are taking the time to ensure that every member of the congregation, no matter their age, is getting something out of the service. And it is a testament to the power of God’s word that it can speak to us no matter where we are in life. When the topic of the sermon and the Sunday School lesson are aligned, it is a reminder that we are all on this journey together, seeking to grow closer to God.
This Sunday our teacher Vanessa introduced another well known bible character to her class, Joseph. From a young age, Joseph followed God’s heart. Despite being in some very difficult situations, he never stopped honoring and obeying God. As a result, God bestowed great power and responsibility on Joseph. The people admired him for his honesty. What was the application for the little ones?
When we face difficulties and trials, we, like Joseph, may not always recognize God’s purpose. However, following Joseph’s pattern is fitting for us, it leads us to enter into the flow of the plans of God, which is ultimately a covenantal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. We can be strong during hard times because we know we have a purpose in Christ. Jesus not only suffered some of the same things we do, but He also died on the cross. He died so that we could be forgiven and saved from the most terrible famine of all, eternal death. When we forgive, our heavenly Father rejoices.
Scripture References: Genesis 37-45