Main point: I can trust God’s plans even when they’re hard.
Bible story: Joseph’s Journey ● Genesis 37; Genesis 39-40
As a family, watch this week’s video and then discuss a few questions together.
- Who was today’s Bible story about? (Joseph, Joseph’s brothers, Joseph’s father)
- What happened in the Bible story? (Joseph’s brothers were angry so they put Joseph in a hole and sold him to traders who took him to Egypt. Then someone told lies about Joseph and he was put in jail.)
- Who had plans for Joseph? (God)
- Does God have plans for you too? (yes)
- Even when it was hard, Joseph trusted God’s plans. Can you trust God’s plans too, even when it’s hard? (yes)
Family Activity: Joseph Maze
WHAT YOU NEED: “Joseph Maze” activity page, crayons or markers
WHAT YOU DO:
- Before the Activity: Print the activity page and give it to your child.
- During the Activity: Point out Joseph on the left-hand side of the page. Instruct your child to complete the maze by drawing a line from the start to the finish. Point out the four different “spots” along the maze that highlight some events from Joseph’s crazy journey. Encourage your child to keep working, even if the maze is hard!
- After the Activity: Talk about how even when it was hard, Joseph trusted God’s plans.
WHAT YOU SAY:
- During the Activity: “What do you see on the page in front of you? (Pause.) Yes! It’s Joseph. We need to get him from the start of his journey on the left side of the maze to the end on the right side! Along the way, you’ll see some events from his journey that were hard to face. If it gets hard, keep going! You can do it.”
- After the Activity: “You made it! Great job! (Point to these events as you talk about them.) Joseph had ELEVEN brothers! They were jealous of his special coat so took it and put Joseph in a hole. Then he was sent to Egypt to work, and it was FAR away from home. Joseph was a good worker, and he was given a bigger job. But then someone said Joseph did something wrong that he didn’t do, and they put him in jail! But Joseph trusted God’s plan. Joseph’s journey isn’t finished, yet! We’ll hear more about it next week. God had a plan for Joseph, and He has plans for you, too! Who has plans for you?” (God has plans for me.)