What does “God at work” look like?

Moses and the burning bush

Moses’ story, from his birth to his experience with the burning bush, is rich in content, and opens numerous chances for discussion. One of our targets for this Rotation is to help kids recognize God “at work” in the lives of Moses and other story characters. A second objective is to apply the concept of “God at work” to their own life. Great topics for families to discuss!

What does God at work look like in this portion of our story?

Read the scripture together as a family. Since it’s a long story, use the following chart to read and talk about our story in stages, over the course of several days. (If you’d like to print out this reading plan/discussion guide, click here.)

Read a passage and then ask where you see God making his presence known. I’ve provided some suggestions. Feel free to comment on other ways you notice God taking action.

Read Discussion points. How is God at work in the lives of story characters?
Exodus 1:1-7 Fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham to have as many descendants as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5).
Exodus 1:8-21 What are two Hebrew midwives able to do?
Exodus 1:22-2:4 Imagine the trust in God necessary to hide your child in a basket in the river!
Exodus 2:5-6 Just at the right time, Pharaoh’s daughter decides to take a bath.
Exodus 2:7-10 Miriam showed some courage. And Moses gets the best of two worlds – being raised as a youngster by his family (and being seeped in Hebrew culture) and life in Pharaoh’s palace.
Exodus 2:11-15 What good ends up coming from this bad? (It does require knowing the rest of the story.)
Exodus 2:16-25 Moses lived in Midian for 40 years. I wonder what sort of “learning” Moses needed to acquire during that long time in the “wilderness.”
Exodus 3:1-4 God is starting his rescue plan! I wonder what would have happened if Moses hadn’t said, “Hmm, that’s unusual. I’d better go and look at that.”
Exodus 3:5-12 This one is obvious: God speaks to Moses!
Exodus 3:13-15 Pagan gods never revealed their name because disclosing a name was like giving away power. But our God is a personal God; he has a name!
Exodus 4:1-9 God gives Moses concrete examples of his power. I wonder how Moses will feel when God doesn’t seem so close at hand?
Exodus 4:10-12 God really wants Moses to do this job. I wonder why Moses is so hesitant?
Exodus 4:13-17 What does God give Moses to remind him that God will be with him?

What are ways that you see God at work in your life?


Photo credits:
Burning bush by the Providence Lithograph Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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