Purpose: Use this children’s sermon on the book of Job to teach kids how to trust God through the good and bad times in life.
Scripture: The Book Job
Needed: picture of a road with mountains and valleys
Ask students, How many of you are happy all the time?
How many of you are sad all the time?
How many of you are happy sometimes, sad sometimes, and in the middle sometimes?
Most people have ups and downs in life.
(Show your picture of a road.)
Life is kind of like this road. Sometimes, you feel really happy, like you’re on top of a mountain. Sometimes, you feel pretty bad, like you’re down in the valley. Other times, you feel sort of in the middle like this road that goes back and forth.
The Bible tells us about a named Job who, at first, was on top of the mountain. He had 10 children and was very rich with many animals on his farm. Job believed in God and everything was going great.
Then, Satan wanted to test Job. He made it so that all of Job’s animals were stolen, his children all died, and he even got sick with painful sores all over his body. Job was in the valley. He was so sad and so miserable that he wanted to die.
But through everything that happened, Job kept believing in and trusting God.
Wait! Do you think that’s really the end of the story?
That’s not the end of the story! Like I was saying, all of those bad things happened to Job, but Job never stopped trusting God. And, after a while, God turned things around for Job. God gave Job even more children than he had before and made him even richer with more animals for his farm.
God does the same thing for us. When things aren’t going well, and we feel as if we’re in the valley, we just need to keep trusting God, and He’ll eventually make things better for us. We have a God who stays with us in the good times, the bad times, and the in-between times. He never leaves us and He always helps us.
Lord, thank You for always being with us no matter what’s happening in our life. Help us to remember that you care about us and will help us, just like You helped Job. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, The People Build a Tower, but God Builds a Family