Bible Point: God is patient with us.
Key Verse: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. – Psalm 23:1-2
God was patient with the Israelites when they complained, and God will be patient with us, too (Exodus 17:1-7). Strengthen your family’s faith learning and growth at home with this easy idea:
1. Talk about a time you complained about a situation. Maybe you complained to one of your neighbors about another neighbor, or perhaps you complained to a friend about your spouse.
2. Share what happened when you complained and whether others involved were patient with you.
3. Encourage each person to think of things he or she complains about most and when.
4. Discuss ways your family can work together to encourage each other to “make do” with a situation or need—without complaining—and ways you can be patient with one another.
God, thank You for listening to us and being patient with us, even when we complain. Teach us to stop complaining and to trust that You have everything in control. In Jesus’ name, amen.