Free Toddler Lesson - Week 36

Job Holds On!

Concepts Children Learn:
God is my helper!
God is still there even when I don't feel like He is.
God's not done yet!

Prep: Print the Job With Owie's craft page 3 (coming soon), and make up a sample. Print the Job Prays craft page and make up a sample. (Directions on the Craft Page). Make a story board using either poster board, or an 11 X 17 sheet of cardboard, covered with clear contact paper. Print Story Pics 1 and Story Pics 2 onto Inkjet sticker paper (or just use restickable glue sticks, or rolled up tape on the back). Color and cut out the story pictures. Stick Job on the story board before you begin the lesson. Cut little circles out of red construction paper to stick on Job (sores). Also print the other story pages and make copies to use as pictures to color: 1, 1 color, 2, 3 , Job's children . Have a Bible marked with today's Bible verses to read during the Circle Talk Time:

The numbers in parentheses tell you what craft sample or picture to use for that part of the story. Only read words in bold. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Time: About 3 minutes

Have your Bible or a children's Bible marked with the memory verse to read during the lesson: Job 1:21 (or just 1:21b). Scriptures used as reference for the lesson: Job 1:1 - 42:17.

Did you ever have such a bad day that you wished you never got out of bed that morning? Today we have a story about someone who had lots of those bad days. (1) This is Job. Job loved God and obeyed God. God had given Job lots of good things. He had many, many animals. He had camels, and donkeys and sheep and oxen. (Story Pics 1&2) (Place each set of animals on the storyboard as you say them). In Bible Times, having all these animals meant that you were rich! God also gave Job a a wife and 10 wonderful children! (place on board). Wow! That's a lot of kids, isn't it?

One day, somebody came and told Job some bad news. He told Job that all of his animals were gone! (Take away the animals). Oh, no! Now what will Job do? The same day, somebody else came and told Job that all of his children had died in a storm! (Take away his children). Oh, no! That's even worse! Job loved his children, so he was very, very sad. That was more than he could handle by himself! He needed help! So, where did Job go for help? (craft sample 2) Job got down on his knees and prayed to God; because even after all those bad things happened, Job still loved God. He still praised God. This is what Job said: (Read Job 1:21 or 1:21b). He still believed that God is good. Hold on, Job....God's not done yet!

Job had a really bad day didn't he? Well, things got even worse for Job! (3) Soon Job got sick. He had owie's all over his body (place red circles on Job). The sores were everywhere, from the top of his head (touch the top of your head), to the tips of his toes (touch your feet). Owie! They hurt a lot! Job's friends came to visit him. They felt sorry for him. They tried to comfort him, but they were no help (Shake head no). In fact, they made him feel worse. But do you know what Job told his friends. He said, "God gives lots of things to me, and God takes them away. And, God is still good"! Job sure didn't like all the bad things that were happening to him. But, he did not get mad at God. (Shake head no). He felt that it was o.k. if God decided to takes things away from him, because God is the one who gave them to him in the first place. Job knew that in the end, he would win because he was on God's side. Hold on, Job....God's not done yet! Can everybody say that with me? (Repeat the phrase, and have the children join in). Hold on, Job....God's not done yet!

Then Job's wife came to him. She made things worse too. She was mad at God, and she thought Job should be mad at God too. She told him to stop believing in God. But, Job knew better. Job still believed that God is good. He was hurting so bad, but Job still loved God. So, what did Job do? (2 again) He got on his knees and prayed some more. Job wondered why God wasn't answering his prayers quickly. Even though Job knew God was there, and that God heard his prayers, it did'nt feel like God was there. He just felt all alone. Things were not getting better. They only got worse! But still, Job knew that God would take care of him. He knew God would answer his prayer. So, what do we say to Job? (Repeat the phrase, and have the children join in). Hold on, Job....God's not done yet!

Then one day, just like Job knew God would, God answered his prayer. God healed Job's owie's. (3 again). Now Job was all better. (Take off stickers). (storyboard) And, then God gave Job more animals than he had before! (Add animals and children back on the board, as you say each one): God gave him more oxen, and more camels, and more donkeys and more sheep! Now Job was richer than he was before! And God gave Job ten more children! Can everybody show me 10 fingers? (Hold up both hands and have children join you). That's how many children God gave to Job! So what did Job do? (2 again) Job got down on his knees and prayed to God again! He had a lot to be thank God for. Wasn't that a great story? That story really happened a long, long time ago. Let's have snack, then we can talk about the story.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?) Use this Circle Talk Time if you are doing this lesson as a Thanksgiving lesson. Otherwise, use the other Circle Talk Time.

Let's talk about the story. At first Job had a lot to be thankful for, didn't he? He had lots of animals and a lots of children and a wife and friends. He had lots of money. Job was rich! And Job was healthy and felt good. Then, all of Job's money and animals got taken away. His family was no more. Job even got sick and felt bad all the time. Even when everything was taken away from Job, do you know that he still had something to be thankful for? Does anybody know what that is? (Let children answer). Job still had God's help. Job could still pray to God - who cared about Job very much. God loved Job and God gave back to Job all the things that he had lost. So, whether we have a lot or a little, we still have a lot to be thankful for. We still have a loving God to pray to. And God hears our prayers, and he answers them. And he loves to help his children. So, this Thanksgiving, whether we have a lot or a little, let's all remember to thank God for being so wonderful and for loving us so much.
CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Let's talk about what people do when bad things happen. Sometimes people point their finger (point your finger) and say 'its his fault'. Sometimes people get mad at God. Sometimes people complain or pout. But what did Job do? (Give the children a chance to answer). I think Job did what was best. He just got on his knees and prayed to God. No matter how bad things got, he still remembered that God is good. He knew that God wasn't done yet. He knew that, at the right time, God would answer his prayers. Job still loved God and obeyed him, even though he didn't understand why it had to hurt so bad.

So what do we do when we are going through a bad time? We just remember what we were telling Job to do: Hold on, Job. God isn't done yet! We just keep believing in God, and keep believing that he is good. And, we keep trusting him to take care of us. Then, at the right time, God answers our prayers! And, in the end, we will know that God was always there for us. Even if it doesn't feel like God is there when we are going through a bad time, he is. He's always by our side. We can always count on him.

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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