Each month we will be taking a deeper look at a "life app" and stories in the Bible that go along with it. Each week we will leave with a bottom line to sum up what we had learned that Sunday morning.
Seeing what needs to be done and doing it
W E E K 1
In our first week, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s
story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:18. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes
when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard
about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the
vast need, but before he did anything, he prayed. Nehemiah knew that whatever
he would do, he’d need God’s help to accomplish it.
Bottom Line: Don’t
wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. When kids see something that needs to be done, they might
think that someone else will take care of it. But what would happen if our kids
saw they could be part of the job? We want kids to realize that when they know
what needs to be done, God might be telling them they can be the one to do it.
And if they can’t do it all on their own, they can ask someone they trust for
W E E K 2
In week three, we see a different part of Nehemiah’s story.
In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an
issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even
though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped building the
wall to confront the issue. Helping others who were mistreated was more
important than finishing the wall. He cared enough about the people to say to
help them figure out a solution.
Bottom Line: Look
for ways to make things right. As they
grow up, kids will notice others in need. They may see when others being
mistreated. We pray that kids will start to understand how they can be part of
the solution to helping these situations and fixing what’s broken. Maybe they
can do this on their own; perhaps they need help from a trusted adult. Either
way, we pray that they take the initiative to help instead of thinking it’s
someone else’s problem. God can use them along with the trusted adults in their
life to make an impact in the lives of others.
W E E K 3
In week four, we see how Nehemiah deals with some
distractions in Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies
who tried to get the people distracted from finishing the wall. But he sees
through their plan and focused on the job God gave him to finish.
Bottom Line: Stay
focused on what needs to be done. From
cleaning their rooms to finishing their homework, kids have all sorts of things
that need to be done. But it often doesn’t take long for cleaning a room to
become playing with the toys you’re supposed to be picking up. We hope kids
will see that focusing on the task at hand is important. God has all sorts of
jobs for us to do. We can trust Him to give us the focus we need to finish
W E E K 4
In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15-16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the
wall in only 52 days! They celebrated what God had done for them, not only
during those 52 days but throughout their history as His people. They heard
God’s word and remembered how God had been faithful to them. They had a lot to
be thankful for!
Bottom Line: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. When we realize that God is doing amazing things in our
lives, we can’t help but thank Him. We pray that throughout this month, looking
at Nehemiah’s story, kids will see how God helps them every day. We hope they
learn to celebrate God’s continued work in their lives.