What we learned today
Big Idea: God leads the way.
The people enter the promised land: Joshua 1; 3—4, After Moses dies, God chooses Joshua to bring the Israelites into the Promised Land. After God leads them through the Jordan River on dry ground, the people set up stones in remembrance of all God did for them.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God listens to us.
The sun stands still: Joshua 10, Joshua asks God to make the sun stand still as the Israelites fight the Amorites. God listens and grants Joshua’s request.
Did you know?
Deuteronomy 6v4 is known as the great Shema (from the Hebrew word for “hear”).
To shema is to hear the cry of one’s heart and be moved to respond.
In Joshua 10, we see shema in a new light. In verse 14, the Bible declared that God listened to Joshua, or rather, God shema’ed Joshua. He heard the cry of Joshua’s heart and was attentive.
Connect as a family
Read Joshua 10v12–15 outside in the bright sunlight. Explain to your children that God had already been showing His power by protecting His people and giving them victory after victory in battle. Encourage your kids to imagine what it would be like if the sun stayed and it didn’t get dark for a day. What might they do differently? Remind them God has power over everything—the sun, moon, and stars. There’s nothing too big for God to do. Is there anything they’d like to ask God, knowing He will listen?
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
How does God listen to everyone in the world, all at the same time?
Why does God listen to us?
How does God show He listens to us?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Show Us How to Live into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know that God always hears you when you pray. He is always near, because He cares for you.