Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Story Within The Story Within The Story"
This post is based on Steve Whitacre's sermon, The Story Within The Story Within The Story, given on August 26, 2018.
Do you ever think there can’t be any great work for you to do because you’re just too ordinary? Well, if you’re a Christian, nothing could be farther from the truth! All work for God is important and we have no idea just how much our acts of obedience can play in advancing God’s saving purposes in the world. Last Sunday, Pastor Steve wonderfully illustrated this in his sermon from Exodus 1:15-2:10. Of the five women listed in this portion of Scripture, two received special recognition because they “feared God”. They were Shiphrah and Puah, Israelite mid-wives who refused to submit to the evil culture around them. Their story and names are recorded in Scripture to remind us that while the world may not remember our acts of obedience, God does. Their story also reminds us that our simple acts of faithfulness may result in untold blessings for generations to come!
As a family, read together Exodus 1:15-2:10
- What does it mean to "fear God"? How does fearing God lead us to act bravely and courageously as Christians?
- Describe a time you had to stand up against something evil or think of some situations in our culture that may require you to exercise Christian courage.
- What are some reasons why God often uses those society considers weak or unimportant to accomplish his saving purposes? How should this encourage us?
- Can you think of some similarities between the birth of Moses and the birth of Jesus? What do we learn from these similarities?
Spend some time adoring God for adopting us to be His children and asking Him for strength to stand courageously against evil.
[Post by Chris Coupland]