Denise Day Spencer

August 13, 2006

Children’s sermon: God’s response to evil, part one–His providence

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:46 am

Another in my series of children’s sermons based on the Disciple’s Study Bible doctrinal summaries.

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 50:19-20

OBJECT: a blooming dandelion and a dandelion white with seeds (or pictures of the same)

We’ve been talking about evil. We’ve looked at the causes of evil: the devil and our own sin. We haven’t yet mentioned one very important thing that we need to understand and remember: God is always in control of everything. He is much greater than either Satan or ourselves.

Sometimes when we see the bad things people do, or the bad things that happen to them, we wonder, “Where is God? Why is He letting this happen?” It may feel to us like God has turned His back on us, or that He doesn’t have the power to take charge of the situation. But God always knows what’s happening, and He is always strong enough to take care of us.

God is not evil; He is good. But He sometimes allows bad things to happen, and can use the bad to bring about good. Do you remember the story of Joseph in the Old Testament? His brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. Joseph went to Egypt, where things went well for a while. But later, because he did the right thing, he was thrown into prison! There must have been many times that Joseph wondered, “Where is God in all this?”

Joseph found out later that God had been in control all along. When he finally met his brothers again years and years later, he said, “…You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…” Sometimes God lets bad things happen today because that’s the best way something good can happen tomorrow.

Look at this yellow dandelion. You might really like this flower, and wish it could stay this way forever. You might be sad one day to go to where the dandelion is growing and find it looking white, like this. Then the wind comes along and blows the white dandelion into bits, until nothing is left but a sad, little stem. It might seem like a bad thing for the dandelion to die and be blown away…until the next spring. For in the spring that same field would be covered with yellow dandelions! Your dandelion died and spread its seeds so new dandelions could grow. That’s the way God planned it all along.

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