Ask students, How many of you have ever been in a scary situation?
What's the most scared you've ever been?
How do you think God helped you in that scary situation?
Have you heard about God helping people in other scary situations?
(If the subject of death or dying comes up, remind students that God helps us either by making us better in this life or by letting us die and then taking us to Heaven to make us better there.)
There's a story in the Bible about a father and a son who went through a very scary situation.
(Read Genesis 22:1-10.)
Do you think that would be a scary situation? Who do you think was more scared, Abraham or Isaac?
Why do you think Abraham would listen to God and take Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him?
First, Abraham knew that He had to listen to God. He had to do what God told him to do. But Abraham also knew that God wouldn't really let him kill Isaac. Do you remember when Abraham told Isaac that God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice? Listen to what happens next.
(Read Genesis 22:11-19.)
Did you hear that? God did provide an animal for the sacrifice, just like Abraham knew He would. It was a scary situation, but it turned out okay because Abraham trusted God to take care of it.
This shows us that no matter what scary situation we might get into, we can trust God to take care of us and provide for us.
Let's play a game to help us remember to trust God in scary situations.
Game: Faith to Fall - Have students pair up. One student wears the blindfold and falls backward, trusting the other to catch them. Then they reverse roles.
How many of you thought it was scary trusting someone else to catch you?
It might be scary, but remember that we can always trust God to take care of us in scary situations.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, we thank You that You are always with us and always take care of us, even in the times that we are scared. Help us to trust You more in the scary situations. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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