Theme: Heroes are those who trust in God's plan.
1. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has plans to give, “... hope and a future.” In the Bible, “hope” doesn’t mean what it usually means. It usually means that we want something but aren’t sure if we’ll get it. Instead, in the Bible, it means “faith in the future.” God has told us his plans for our future, and we can be sure his plans will happen. What is God’s future plan for us?
2. Joseph was a young man with eleven brothers. He was his father’s favorite, and his brothers were jealous. They wanted to kill him, but instead they sold him into slavery. Joseph was carried off into Egypt where he didn’t know anyone (Genesis 37). He was sold to a man named Potiphar. Joseph trusted God, even when his life was very difficult. Before long, Joseph was able to interpret a dream for the king of Egypt (called Pharaoh). The king put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. Joseph was wise and obedient to God. When God warned him about a famine, Joseph stored up a lot of food. Years later, his brothers came to Egypt looking for food. Joseph was able to give them what they needed. The brothers had sold him into slavery to be mean, but God had other plans for him. Think about how Joseph became a hero by being obedient to God’s plan as you listen to today’s episode.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
A: That they are robbers.
In this episode, Liz decided he wanted to be a hero. But in the end, Grandpa Anole explained to him that God has a plan for us, and heroes are those who follow God’s plan.
God has a plan for us, but he doesn’t make us guess what it is. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18, the apostle Paul tells Christians how they can do what God wants them to do. Some of the things on Paul’s list include living in peace with others, encouraging those who are sad, helping those who are weak and being patient with everyone. He also says we should rejoice and do good for each other and pray and give thanks. If we follow God’s plan and do these things, we will be heroes.
Anyone can be a hero, but sometimes it helps to look the part. Make a cape! Ask for an old sheet or blanket or large piece of fabric that can be tied or pinned on to be your hero cape. No fabric available? Draw a cape on a large sheet of paper. Heroes have designs on their capes. Leave your cape blank for now. Listen to the next episodes to find out what Liz learns about hero power and to get ideas for symbols for your cape.