Bible Point: Hope in God’s good plans.
Key Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
God had a good plan for Ruth, including a husband and a family line that would ultimately lead to the birth of Jesus. Even when times are hard, we can trust in God’s good plans as Ruth did (Ruth 2–4). Strengthen your family’s faith learning and growth at home with this easy idea.
1. Talk about a time you faced a situation that seemed hopeless. Share what happened and how you overcame—or didn’t overcome—that situation.
2. Ask your kids the following questions: When you think of hope, what do you think of? Why? Where do you think hope comes from, and how can we get it? What are some things you’re hoping for right now? How is that kind of hope similar to or different from the kind of hope we can have in Jesus?
3. After family members have answered these questions, encourage them to share the hope they have because of Jesus.
God, thank You that even when things seem hopeless, we can have hope because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Help us trust that You have good plans for our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.