JACOB WRESTLES GOD
"I will not let you go until you bless me." - GENESIS 32:26
Like Jacob, we can approach God because of Jesus's sacrifice.
God wants us to rely on Him.
Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.
- Do you know what your name means? Do you think your name describes you well?
- What does “Jacob” mean? Did that name describe his character?
- Who did Jacob think he was wrestling? How did the stranger end the fight?
- Why did God change Jacob’s name? What did his new name mean?
- Read John 10:29 out loud. Who holds us in His hand?
- Just like with Jacob, God holds onto us! Do you have any fears or worries that are keeping you from relying on God? How can you give those to God today and trust Him to take care of you?
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for taking care of me
I know I can rely on You, because Your Word is the truth
Please help me to give up anything that is holding me back from You
In Jesus’ name, amen
MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7
After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following prompts:
- Have your family sit in a circle. Everyone take turns telling the person sitting to their right something they love about them.
- Everyone take turns telling the person sitting to their left one way that they will show their love for them this week. (Ex: Dad, I will show you how much I love you by obeying you the first time you ask me to do something; Daughter, I will show you how much I love you by reminding you that you’re special to me, etc.)