Refusing to give up when life gets hard.
W E E K 1
For week one, we pick up God’s Big Story in Genesis 37, 39-40. We
learn how Joseph was his father, Jacob’s, favorite son. Joseph’s brothers were
completely jealous—with their jealousy fueled by Joseph’s dreams that had them
bowing down to him. They decided to get rid of Joseph and sell him to a band of
traders headed to Egypt. They covered up their actions by lying to Jacob and
telling him that Joseph had died. But even though Joseph was enslaved in Egypt,
God continued to show up in Joseph’s life and help him become successful—both
in Potiphar’s house, and even in prison after he was falsely accused.
Bottom Line: Hold
on because God is with you. As we introduce the
idea of grit to our kids, we want them first and foremost to understand that
the best way to have grit is by trusting God. God has been faithful to so many
people throughout history. God will be with us no matter what we face. We may
not understand why we must go through a hard season, but we can trust that God
is with us and will give us what we need to keep going.
W E E K 2
Next, we continue Joseph’s story in Genesis 41-45, where
Joseph was in prison, forgotten. Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret.
The cupbearer remembered how Joseph had interpreted his dream. At once, Pharaoh
sent for Joseph. With God’s help, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and
offered a plan for helping Egypt survive the coming famine. Pharaoh put Joseph
in charge of the entire kingdom! Sure enough, everything Joseph said came true,
and a famine swept across the land. Joseph’s brothers made the trek down to
Egypt, and they ended up right in front of Joseph. After some back and forth,
Joseph couldn’t stand it any longer. He revealed himself to his brothers and
offered them forgiveness for everything. Joseph brought his whole family down
to Egypt. God used Joseph and his circumstances to save the Israelites and
fulfill the promise to Abraham.
Bottom Line: Hold
on because there’s a bigger story. When
we’re going through a difficult time, it’s hard to imagine that it could be
part of something bigger and better than we expect. Thankfully, we don’t have
to find grit on our own; we can trust God to give us what we need to keep going.
This idea is not to diminish any pain or hurt we might experience during our
difficult time. But we can live with hope, knowing that God can turn our
difficulties into something better than what we think is possible.
W E E K 3
In week three, we head to Exodus
2:1-10. Joseph’s family, God’s people, were
growing in number. Pharoah enslaved them and made life miserable for them.
That’s where Moses came in. Moses was born when Pharaoh went even further and
commanded that all Israelite baby boys should be killed. Moses’ mother and
sister probably weren’t too sure that putting Moses in a basket in the Nile
River would keep him safe, but they were determined to keep Moses alive. They
chose not to give up. God rescued Moses through the Pharaoh’s daughter, who
ended up bringing Moses into the palace as her son and raising him as an
Bottom Line: Hold
on even when you don’t know what to do. One of
the biggest lessons we learn from Moses’ mom and sister is that they never gave
up trusting in God. They weren’t sure how their circumstances would work out,
but they believed that God would keep Moses safe. They held on to hope. And God
came through for them with a major rescue. God can do the same for us. God can
meet us in our confusion and give us the grit we need to push through.
W E E K 4
In week four, we discover God’s plan for rescuing the
Israelites. In Exodus 3-6; 7-12:42, we see how God’s plan started. Moses was watching sheep on
the side of a mountain and saw a bush on fire—but it wasn’t burning up. Now,
that alone might make someone a little nervous, but then Moses heard the voice
of God! God asked Moses to go up against the most powerful ruler of his time,
to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites free from their enslavement. This
incredible story shows how Moses trusted God and never gave up. God’s people
saw God show up in amazing ways—all to rescue them!
Bottom Line: Hold
on because God knows what you’re going through. In this story, we see how God saw, heard, and did something
about what was happening to the Israelites. God sees, hears, and has the power
to take care of what we’re going through, too. We can find comfort in knowing
that the God of the universe knows our circumstances and is helping us get
through them. We can trust God no matter what.
W E E K 5
We finish up the month in Exodus
13:17-14:31. God’s people were on their way out of
Egypt. Everything was looking great for the Hebrews, until Pharaoh changed his
mind. Moses and the Hebrew people found themselves trapped between the Red Sea
in front of them and Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit. But with God’s help, Moses
and the Israelites didn’t give up, even in a tough situation. God performed a
miracle, parting the Red Sea and allowing the Israelites to escape.
Bottom Line: Hold on because God is in control. We often feel like the Israelites—stuck, with no clear way
out of our circumstances. We’re not sure what to do, and we’re not sure we’ll
ever get to the other side. Thankfully, we don’t need to face these moments on
our own. God is with us and is always working things out, even when we can’t
see it. We can trust that God is in control. God will give us what we need to
keep going and make it through with grit.