Disoriented

Note to the Teacher

In this section, God is showing Satan that Job will be loyal, faithful, and true by allowing Satan to test Job and discover if he would be faithful.  When bad things happen to good people, it can be disorienting and bring on questions of why God would allow these things.  Job’s story is one answer to that question.

Time Description of Activity
Through the simple use of some exercises, students will be reminded of what it takes to build up endurance in muscles. It takes practice, training, testing, pushing, and some pain. Yet, as we exercise and become more fit, it does get easier. This is a simple way to explain sanctifying grace. This is the grace that God uses to grow our faith, the grace he gives as we learn how to remain faithful and mature in our faith.
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

Solve the riddles: 

  • I have keys but no locks, I have a space but no room, you can enter, but can't go outside. What am I?
    •  (A Keyboard)
  • You are in a cabin and it is pitch black. You have one match on you. Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp, the candle, or the fire? 
    • (you light the match!)
  • What are the next three letters in the following sequence? 
    J, F, M, A, M, J, J, A, __, __, __
    • (S, O, N. The sequence is first letter of the months of the year. September, October, and November are the next in the sequence.)
  • What makes something a mystery?
  • Do you like mysteries?  Do you like to be surprised?  Why or why not?
  • Does anyone have a favorite mystery story? 

In our scripture today, we begin to study the story of a man who had something happen to him that was a mystery.   It disoriented and confused him, but it also tested his endurance. 

5 min

2.  Read Scripture Job 1:1, 2:1-10      

Set up what has happened in Job 1:2-22 so that students understand that Job has already lost so much.
The Scripture:  You can add to the story by giving students different characters to read as you go through these verses.  You would need:

  1. God
  2. Satan
  3. Job
  4. Job’s Wife

 

 

3. Discussion

  • What do you think of God in this story?
  • Job is a classic example of illustrating the answer to the question, ‘why do bad things happen to good people?’  Knowing this story, how would you answer the following questions?
    • What would you have done in his place?
    • What words would you use to describe Job’s life and mindset at this point?
    • Have you ever heard of ‘sanctifying grace’?  If yes, what does it mean?  If no – take a few minutes to explain what sanctifying grace is:
    • (for more info on sanctifying grace see this article:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/graces-power-over-sin-sanctifying-grace)
    • How does the concept of sanctifying grace fit in this story?

Connect to activity: 

Just like we need to work our muscles and push them, test them, and break them down to build them, the same is true of our faith.  It isn’t always easy to see, but sometimes when things come our way that we can’t explain, we have the opportunity to remain faithful to God to see what He is teaching us.

20 min

4. Activity and Discussion:

Take this lesson to the next level by getting muscles involved using the activity Pushups, Sit Ups, and the Book of Job from the Youthworker Collective: (http://www.youthworkercollective.com/push-ups-sit-ups-planks-and-the-book-of-job)

5 min  

5. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys and concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

50 min

 

NEEDED RESOURCES:

  • Space to complete the activity.

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