Think About It!
In a year as tumultuous as 2020 has been, it can be hard to see where God has been at work. As we pick up where we left off in the Christmas story, we’ll find encouragement for all the problems we face, no matter how big or small––because it’s in some of the humblest circumstances that God works in the most unexpected and powerful ways. And when Mary saw God work, it inspired her to write a beautiful song of praise.
Talk About It!
1. God works for the humble
- When you need help, who do you ask? Just like Mary sings in her song, God is our help! We don’t need to “help” God to do what he said he would do. At some point, God brings to light what’s really going on because he hears the cries of his kids and answers them.
- Do you know what “humility” is? What is the opposite of humility? 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that when God’s people humble themselves and pray, he will answer and heal their land. Humbling ourselves means that we don’t think we’re better than other people.
- Why do you think humility is important? Humility means that we understand how big and how powerful God is, which keeps us from disobeying him. If we stop being humble, it’s harder to be friends with God and with other people.
2. God works in unexpected ways
- What does it mean to do things God’s way? God’s way doesn’t look like we expect it to! Everything about Jesus––his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection––shows us that God loves to work within his world in ways that are completely unexpected and sometimes even “unnatural” by our standards.
- Does the way God does things ever surprise you? Isaiah 55:8-9 says God’s ways are not our ways. Sometimes that sounds scary to us. But the reason God’s ways are not our ways is because his ways are so much better, kinder and more loving. We cling to our own way of doing things, but the truth is that God’s way is always better, but we have to believe that if we are ever going to humble ourselves and do things his way.
- What should we do when God surprises you? Even if we don’t understand what God is doing, we need to understand that he is good and that he is doing good things!
3. God works according to Scripture
- How well do you know the Bible? God doesn’t change. The God that we read about in the Bible is the same God we serve today. God is faithful through and through. While the culture and the human heart shift and change, God is who he always was and always will be.
- How can you learn more? The better we know God’s Word, the more we understand who he is. Brainstorm as a family of ways that you could study God’s Word together and get to know him more.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?