INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY: Give each child ten strips of paper and a pencil. Have them write down the ten most important things in their lives. Perhaps you could do the same as an example. Then place a trash can in the middle of the room. Have the children take one slip of paper at a time and put it in the trash can. Ask them how they would feel if the item on that paper had been taken away from them. Repeat until all of the paper is in the trash can.
CASE STUDIES: Give each student three slips of paper and have them write on each one something unfortunate that could have (or has) happened to a friend at school (such as: extended illness, having to move, loss of a loved on, etc.) or prepare the slips of paper yourself before class. Let each student pick one paper and then discuss how Jobâ€™s friends would have responded to each situation. (For example, they would probably tell a friend whose parents had divorced that if s/he had been a better-behaved child, the parents would have stayed together.) Then, discuss how they could respond to that person in a more appropriate way.
VISUAL AIDS: List the following items of trouble on separate pieces of paper. Write the blessings on the other side. Bring a poster with a stick figure representing Job.
- Oxen and donkeys were stolen, and the servants taking care of them were
attacked and killed by Sabeans. (blessing: 14,000 sheep)
- Fire came down from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants
taking care of them. (blessing: 6,000 camels)
- The Chaldeans stole all his donkeys and killed his servants taking care
of them. (blessing: 7 sons)
- A great wind struck the house of his oldest son with the seven sons and
three daughters inside and killed them all. (blessing: 3 daughers)
- Great sores covered Job from head to foot. (blessing: a long life)
Pass out the troubles, making sure they keep that side up. Tell them that as you read the story and come upon a trouble they will bring their trouble up and tape it on Job. Once you have gotten to the end where God blesses Job, have them turn all the slips of paper over to reveal the blessings He gave him.
SCRIPTURE ACTIVITY: Bring two small containers and small stones (or other small objects). After you have taught the story, pass one jar around the room and let the students add one stone to it for each problem they can name that Job faced. Continue until the jar is full. Place the empty jar on the opposite side of the room and place a picture of Jesus next to it. Read Psalm 91:15 to your class (explain to them that the Lord is speaking in this verse). Let the students take one stone at a time to the empty jar as they repeat all (or part) of Psalm 91:15. When you are finished, point out that sometimes we canâ€™t get rid of our troubles (the stones didnâ€™t go away) but that this psalm teaches us that the Lord will be with us in our troubles.