Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sky Ranch Family Devotional…God is a Truthful Friend, with Stacy A. Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Fun Icebreaker: Who is a good friend to you? Why do you like them?

Question: Why is God trustworthy?

Topic 3: Trust—God Wants You to Know Him

Today’s Big Idea: God is a Truthful Friend

Share with your family that God’s written Word is trustworthy and true. God wants you to know truth and is a genuine friend to you!
The questions give your family the opportunity to share about the way a genuine friend treats you. God, as your friend, shares truth with you. He cares about you and wants you to know truth. God wants the very best in life for you, even if it means letting you go through a difficult time to learn a valuable lesson. Talk to your family about ways to recognize a genuine friend. Friends are respectful of each other and cheer for success in each other’s life. Help your family recognize someone who claims to be a friend, but really isn’t one. Friends naturally joke with each other; however, does the joke commonly cross the line and become hurtful? Encourage healthy friendships. Help your family recognize their genuine friends and the genuine friend that they have in Jesus. 

Talk with God: Read scriptures and questions below.

Psalm 25:5 (ESV): “O Lord...lead me in your truth and teach me;

for you are the God of my salvation...”
Psalm 119:160 (ESV): “The sum of your word is truth...”
Psalm 25:14 (ESV): “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear (respect) him, and he makes known to them his covenants.”

Walk with God:

Discuss with younger kids: In school, church or camp, you can meet many friends. But did you ever think of God as your friend? Good friends can be great! They are there to support you, to hang out, to laugh with, and go through experiences. Friends tell you the truth with kindness. But would a real friend lie? God wouldn’t mislead you either! He is telling you the truth in His Word. What are the similarities in your real friends and Jesus?

Discuss with older kids: Genuine friendship can be rare, especially in middle school or high school. People claim to have your back, but gossip behind your back at the same time. You can even be at odds with your parents for a time. Sometimes, God seems to be your only friend and that is normal. Learning to identify your real friends can be very valuable. Talk about the way a real friend should treat you. What can you learn from your relationship with Jesus that you can apply to your relationships with your friends?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God’s direction in your friendships. 

I will be praying for you!

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Sky Ranch Family Devotionals 

© 2013 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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