PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, MAY 05
Habakkuk the prophet
Bible Passage: Habakkuk
Story Point: Habakkuk learned to have faith and trust in God.
Key Passage: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
What is God Like?: God is in control. (sovereign)
CHRIST CONNECTION: Habakkuk lived when bad things seemed to be happening everywhere. He trusted God to take care of His people and rescue them. Bad things happen today, but we can trust that Jesus will come back one day and make everything right.
CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here are a couple for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
- What are some things we wait for? Name some of those things. Big ones and little ones. Stoplights, our turn in our game, to be able to see friends. Let your minds roam a bit on the concept of waiting. Some things to consider: Why do we wait? We know something is coming. A major factor in waiting is faith—“the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb. 11:1). In our story, Habakkuk was waiting for God to make all the wrong things right. Today, we can wait for Jesus to come back. We know He is coming. That is part of our faith.
- What's something you're learning or remembering with Jesus this week.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
- What did Habakkuk pray to God about? (bad things happening)
- Did God know about the bad things happening? (yes)
- Was God still working out His good plan for the people? (yes)
- Did Habakkuk say he would only trust God if good things happened? (No, Habakkuk learned to trust in God no matter what happened.)
- How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
- Whom did God plan to use to punish Judah? (the Babylonians, Hab. 1:6)
- How will the righteous live? (by faith, Hab. 2:4)
- Would Habakkuk stop praising God if things stayed hard? (no, Hab. 3:17-18)
- Why do you think God punished His people’s sin? Guide kids to see that God’s justice is a part of His love. Help kids see that if God simply allowed sin to grow and thrive, He would be going against His very character as a loving and holy God. Remind kids that Jesus took punishment for our sin on the cross. Today, we still have consequences for our sin, but we have forgiveness for sins when we trust in Jesus. We don’t have to fear punishment, but do need to be aware of the consequences and know sin really hurts us, others, and is against God.
- When you think about God’s plan to punish Jesus for our sin, how do you feel? Guide kids to discuss their thoughts. Ask them questions about if they feel more grateful toward God, more shocked at His love, or more humbled by Jesus’ sacrifice.
- What are ways we can thank God for what He has done for us?
- Is there anything that you think would keep you from praising God? Let’s pray about those things and ask God to help us trust Him no matter what happens.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
MAKE A TREAT
WHAT TO DO: Choose to bake or make some type of food that has an element of waiting. (i.e. cookies that need to chill or bake, popsicles that need to freeze, etc.)
SAY: I can hardly wait to eat these cookies! Waiting for good things can be really hard. But if we let these cookies chill, they will taste even better! Habakkuk the prophet thought it was really hard to wait for good things. He asked God how long he had to wait. God’s promises come true because He is in control. That is good to remember while we wait.
WHAT TO DO: Include your children in some type of spring planting. Seeds, flowers, grass, etc. Have them help with whatever is age appropriate.
SAY: Now we have to wait for our flowers/seeds to grow. It may seem like a long time to wait, but these flowers actually need the right conditions to grow. We have had a long winter and have been waiting for more sunny days. We needed to wait until just the right moment to plant them and trust they will grow. That’s like our Bible story this week. Habakkuk wondered why he had to wait so long for help. But God was doing something amazing, even though it seemed like bad things were happening everywhere.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT TO DO: Practice saying the key passage together. Create motions.
ELEMENTARY: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
PRESCHOOL : If my people (stretch arms out wide like all of the room) ... turn from their evil ways, (turn to left and then turn to the right) then I will ...forgive their sin, (ASL sign for forgive) and heal their land (ASL for healing).
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
HOLD A SMILE
WHAT TO DO: Ask preschoolers to show you their biggest smile. Challenge them to keep on smiling as long as they can no matter what happens. Make various faces at them and see who can hold their smile the longest. You may time this activity or try with other members of the family. For a variation, try mixing it up and see if you can keep from smiling.
SAY: Great job holding your smile! We often smile when we are happy. In our Bible story this week, a prophet named Habakkuk was sad because he saw a lot of bad things happening. But he decided to be happy no matter what because God is always good!
MAKE A SCRATCH-REVEAL PICTURE
WHAT YOU NEED: unlined index cards or something similar, markers, dark crayons, craft stick
WHAT YOU DO: Color an unlined index card with markers, covering all of the surface. Then completely color over the marker thickly with black crayon. Use craft sticks to scratch the crayon away in desired pattern, revealing the colors underneath. Guide preschoolers to make their own scratch-reveal cards and etch drawings into them.
SAY: Was it hard to understand why I covered up all my pretty colors with a dark crayon? It may have seemed like a bad idea at the time, but then it became this beautiful picture! Habakkuk didn’t understand why God let bad things happen either. But God was doing something amazing. Habakkuk learned to trust in God to take care of His people and rescue them. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus. Bad things happen today, but we can trust that Jesus will come back one day and make everything right. Somehow we will see beauty in things we once thought were ugly!
SNACK TIME CONVERSATION
Serve the cookies or other item you may have made from the make a treat earlier this week. Talk about how the children had to wait and trust you for their snack. If you didn’t make a special snack, try to encourage the concept of waiting before snack time. Help the kids know it’s coming, but we have to wait for the right time.
SAY: Habakkuk lived when bad things were happening everywhere. Habakkuk learned to trust in God to take care of His people. Bad things happen today, but we can trust that Jesus will come back and make everything right.
WHAT YOU DO: Provide jumbo crayons or sidewalk chalk for children to “write” on paper. Or write on the driveway. For younger children, help them trace words or use bingo markers. They may decorate their writing with stickers. Talk about how Habakkuk wrote down God’s words.
SAY: Habakkuk trusted God’s plan for Judah. GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS.
MAKE ANIMAL NOISES
Call out various animals for toddlers to mimic. Toddlers may also crawl and move like those animals. Retell the Bible story. Talk about Habakkuk’s trust.
SAY: GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. Like Habakkuk, we can trust God when bad things happen.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.