LESSON 5 2/10/2016
CHALLENGES FAMILIES FACE
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 240, 242
Devotional Reading: Micah 7:5-7
Topic For Adults: Family Built To Survive
Topic For Youths: Lay Lasting Family Foundation
Topic For Intermediates: God’s Grace Is Enough For Your Family’s Problems
Scripture Lesson: Matt. 7:24, 25; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; 1 Cor. 10:13
Memory Verse: Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
2 Kgs. 4:1-6
The wife of the dead prophet faced two major challenges that could befall a family. One, the husband died prematurely, leaving her and her two young sons. She had to cope with the problem of loneliness due to her husband’s demise. Second, even before the husband’s death, the family was facing financial hardship which made the prophet borrow some money from creditors. Financial hardship can arise due to the family’s inability to generate enough funds to meet their basic needs. It can also arise due to poor financial management, in which case the family is spending far above the income. When income is grossly inadequate for basic needs, the family undergoes stress that robs them of the joy they could have. The family needs divine intervention and counsel on how to generate extra income. We need to know also that joy in the family is not a function of the material acquisition the family gathers.
Point of Emphasis: Families undergoing financial stress need divine intervention and counseling.
Prayer Point: Father, open the windows of heaven and attend to the needs of families that are going through financial difficulties right now.