Think About It!
There’s something about tough times that really brings out the best and the worst in us. Our true character shines (for better or for worse) in the midst of suffering…but so does God’s. When we choose to trust the Lord in the midst of the messiness of life, He does His most cherished work. We will see this on display as we watch how God works through Elijah in the life of the widow of Zarephath. And the great news for us is, then and now, God is and always has been in the miracle business!
Talk About It!
1. Trust is exercised through generosity.
1 Kings 17:8-16
- What does it mean to trust God? Trusting God means that we believe that he wants what is best for us. In this story, the widow believed that God was going to take care of her family. Because she believed, she gave Elijah the last of her food, and God blessed her.
- Talk about a time when you had to trust God. Was it hard? When we choose to trust God, we are able to be calm and settled.No matter what is going on in the world, we can be confident in who God is.
- Why is trusting God hard? The woman in this story had to decided if she was going to take care of herself or trust God to take care of her. God is really good at taking care of his kids. When we trust him, we get to see all of the amazing things he wants to give us.
2. Tragedy challenges our trust.
1 Kings 17:8-16
- When is it hardest to trust God? When bad things happen, it can be hard to trust God. The woman in this story had lost her husband, and didn’t know what to do. It would have been very easy to stop trusting God, but she chose to believe that God was who he said he was.
- Have you ever had to trust God when you were scared, sad, or hurt? When we feel this way, it’s very hard to trust God. But those are the times when we need trust more than ever. If we keep believing that God is who he says he is, we will get to see him do amazing things.
- What do you have to trust God with today? Every day is an opportunity to trust God even more than yesterday. Trust is like a muscle that we work out every day. If we work on building our trust in God, it will be easier to trust him, even when bad things happen.
3. God can raise the dead.
1 Kings 17:17-24
- Have you ever prayed for something and wondered why nothing is changing? God did an amazing miracle in this story! He raised this boy from the dead, but he didn’t do it right away. Sometimes God answers our prayers right away. Other times, it takes a while. Even though he didn’t see God’s answer right away, Elijah kept praying! He believed that God was who he said he was.
- Talk about a time when God answered one of your prayers in an unexpected way. Lucky for us, we know how this story ends. Not only that, we also have the story of Jesus! We know that God raised this boy from the dead, and that hundreds of years later, he raised Jesus from the dead too. We can trust God because we know what he can do!
- What is something that you need to keep praying for? When Jesus came back from the dead, he proved that God was who he said he was. If God can conquer sin and death, he can do anything. He wants to heal us and give us life. All we have to do is ask.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- 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?