Gather around as a family for this second installment of our kids’ devotional series – “Stuck: How God Meets us in Tight Places.”
Scroll down to find Scriptures, Discussion Questions, Prayer Guide, Activities, and Songs.
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Stuck in the Rock – Elijah
1 Kings 19:1-16
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:2)
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:4–6)
WHAT (what did we learn from God’s Word?)
- What were the names of the evil King and Queen? (Ahab and Jezebel)
- Where did Elijah run when He was scared for his life? (Mt. Horeb – God’s Mountain)
- Where was Elijah “stuck”? (In a cleft of the rock)
- What 3 things hit the rock before God passed by? (A mighty wind, an earthquake, and a fire)
- But what did Elijah hear that made him know God was there? (His Word/His Voice)
SO WHAT? (Why does it matter?)
- What kinds of things did Elijah say to God? (He felt alone and that the situation was hopeless – v.14)
- How did God respond? (Gave Elijah the next step: new purpose and courage to keep going – v.15-16)
NOW WHAT? (What difference does it make in my life?)
- What do you tend to do when you are scared? (Fight, Flight, Freeze?) What are some ways that we can hide from God, other people, and what’s going on in our hearts? (Stay quiet/Fill our bodies with food/Fill our minds with TV or phones/Fill our hearts with other things to love)
- How are we safe in Jesus just like Elijah was safe in the rock? (On the Cross, He took the storm that we deserved so that we could stay safe)
- What would it look like for you to run to God and hide in Him instead of from Him? (Listen to His Voice in His Word, Talk to Him about how much you need Him)
PRAYER TIME (“TAG Time”)
- TELL: Tell God how you feel, tell Him the things you are thankful for, tell Him how much you need Him (confess your sins)
- ASK: Ask God for what you need, ask Him to help you and others (Doctors and nurses, people in our community who don’t know Jesus, our church, the people that we miss seeing, people who may not have their jobs anymore, and anyone else that you can think of.)
- GIVE: Give God glory, honor, and praise!
- Pull out a Bible and have one of your children read Psalm 18:2. Have them copy it down, and circle their favorite description of God in this verse/draw a picture (Rock, Fortress, Shield, etc)
- Here’s an Elijah Coloring Page
SONGS FOR REFLECTION
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone,
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.