Needed: a road map
Show students your road map. Point out your city or state and then point out a location close by. Ask, If I asked you how to get from where we are to this other location, what would you tell me?
(Do the exercise a couple of more times, choosing different locations. Then close the map.) Now, without looking, if I asked you how to get from here to Israel (or another county if you're in Israel), what would you tell me?
It's a little harder to tell directions if you don't have the map, isn't it?
But when you're riding in a car, you don't need to know how to get somewhere, do you? When you're riding in a car, who knows how to get where you're going?
Your parents or grandparents or someone else a little older than you knows where to go. Sometimes a GPS helps them know where to go.
That's kind of how it was for Abraham in our story today.
(Read Genesis 12:1-5, then read verse 1 again.)
Did Abraham know where he was going?
No. God just told Abraham to leave his country and go somewhere God would show him. Abraham didn't have a map of where he was going. He didn't know how to get there. But who did know how to get there?
God knew where He was taking Abraham and He made sure Abraham and his family arrived there safely.
It's kind of like God was the driver in the car and Abraham and his family were the passengers. They didn't know how to get where they were going, but God did.
It's the same way for us in life. We don't everything that's going to happen to us or all the places we'll go, but God does. And as long as we keep trusting in God like Abraham and his family did, God will be right beside us, taking us where we need to go in life. God will be like our driver, taking us where we need to go in life if we keep trusting in Him.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, You know everything about us. You know everything that will happen to us. You know what we should do and where we should go in life. We pray that You will help us to always trust in You to lead us. Help us to be like Your passengers and to trust You as our driver. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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