God speaks to Abraham
Long ago, God had a very special friend whose name was Abraham. His
name means "One who is the father of many people". He didn't have
many children of his own, but the Bible tells us that he is the father
of all who believe God and do the things which please Him.
Abraham was seventy-five years old when God spoke to Him, "Abraham, move
from your home town of Ur and go to a country that I will show you!"
Abraham didn't argue, but packed his belongings and together with
his wife, Sarah, his father, and his nephew, Lot, they set out on a long
The Long Journey:
Abraham had many cattle and sheep and the way was dusty and very hot.
They were glad at night to find a place where they could set up
their tents and camp overnight. Are you glad to go to bed when you
are tired? (Let the children respond
). But, it must have
been a very hard journey because Abraham didn't know where he was going!
All he knew was that God promised to show him where to go, and he
They journeyed on day after day, week after week, in the dust when it
was dry, and in the wet when it rained. It was very tiring and
they longed for a nice dry house. Do you have a nice warm and dry
house? (Let the children respond).
Abraham and his family came to a place called Haran, but were very sad when
Abraham's father died there. However, they travelled on and
finally reached the land of Canaan which God had promised to Abraham.
Besides the land of Canaan, Abraham wondered about God's promise that he
and his wife, Sarah would have a son. God also had promised that
the children who came from Abraham would do good to all the people in
God doesn't always do what He promises right away. Does He always
keep His promises? (Let the children respond). Yes, He
does and always does it at the right time! God's time hadn't
come, and so Abraham and Sarah had to keep on waiting patiently!
Abraham continued to trust God and knew the time would come when God would
keep His promises. Because he trusted and believed God, Abraham was
called the friend of God. Isn't that wonderful? It's great to
have friends and I hope you have a special friend to talk to and play
with every day. (Let the children respond).
Our Friend God:
Did you know that God has other friends? (Let the children
). Yes, I mean you and I. If we love God and do what
pleases Him, then we are God's friends. In fact our best Friends
are God and Jesus! Do you know why? (Let the children
). Because God and Jesus love us dearly, and protect and
care for us.
I think that we should say a special thank-you to God and Jesus for being
our best Friends, don't you?