We see how God is faithful to Joseph in Genesis 41. Joseph seemed to continually find himself in situations where he needed to trust God. Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. It’s in this moment the king’s cupbearer, who was in prison with Joseph, remembered how Joseph had interpreted his dream. At once, Pharaoh sent for Joseph. He went and with God’s help interpreted the dreams and offered a plan for helping Egypt survive the famine that God says is coming. Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the entire kingdom.
Bottom Line: When the pressure is on, you can trust God is with you. Kids face moments all of the time when they’ll need to trust God. Rather than getting scared, they can put their trust in God and face whatever comes their way.
Verse: But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, "You are my God!" (Psalm 31:14)
The Reign Forest Team
Today we learn about Joseph and what happens to him in Egypt. In Genesis 40, we discover that while Joseph was thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit, God helped him interpret a couple of dreams that came true. He thought this was his chance to get out jail. Instead Joseph was forgotten and stayed in prison several more years. Even though God was with Joseph, he must have been confused at what was happening to him.
Bottom Line: When life doesn’t make sense, you can trust God is with you. From not being able to understand something in school to a family situation you never expected, what’s happening in our life won’t always make sense. We pray that no matter what kids face, they’ll trust that God is in control, and they can trust Him to get through it.
Bible Verse: So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24).
Blessings to all,
The Reign Forest Team,
Anita, Jessi, Angie, Kristin, and Cheryl
Hello Reign Forest Friends!
We find out what happens to Jacob’s son, Joseph, in Genesis 37 and 39:1-2. Joseph learned what it meant to trust God through difficulty. Because Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, his brothers hated him. This only became worse when Joseph had a series of dreams where his brothers bowed to him. The brothers get back at Joseph when they sell him to a band of traders headed to Egypt. He must have felt scared and completely alone. Thankfully, he wasn’t. God was with him the whole time.
Bottom Line: When you think you’re alone, you can trust God is with you. Kids will face times when they feel like they’re alone. We hope this lesson from Joseph’s life will encourage them as they remember that God is always with them.
Memory Verse #2: But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7).
The Reign Forest Team
We start the month with Jacob. We find his story through various passages in Genesis 25, 27, and 28. Jacob might have wondered how God felt about him after swindling his brother’s birthright and blessing out from under him. But in a dream, God reminded Jacob that He loved Jacob and could be trusted. God renewed the covenant that he started with Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. God always keeps his promises.
Bottom Line: You can trust God, no matter what. From being powerful enough to create the universe to being personal enough to love each one of us through Jesus, God has proved that He can be trusted in any and every circumstance. We pray that kids will discover they can trust God with whatever they face in their own life.
Bible Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, NLT)
We kick off a new season of our new Bible Memory Challenge with the above verse. We are excited to see all the children that attend Reign Forest participating in the 30 verse challenge this year! The children may recite verses to leaders before Sunday School and during the designated time in Reign Forest.
Blessings to all,
The Reign Forest Leaders
~Angie, Anita, Cheryl, Jessi & Kristin
Reign Forest Team
Anita Wenrich is the leader every first Sunday
Jessi Sensenig is the leader every fourth Sunday
Angie Martin is the leader every fifth Sunday
Kristin Wise is the leader every second Sunday
Cheryl Marshall is the coordinator and leader every third Sunday