"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies."
This past weekend, in our Preschool programming, we began a series to teach that God is Faithful. We are using the account of Esther to show that God was faithful to her and to the Hebrew nation, and that she responded by being faithful to her call from God. Here is our Leader Prep for this series (see last month's here):
Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring the life of Esther and her example of faithfulness in the midst of uncertainty. This remarkable story of an orphan girl who was chosen to become queen almost sounds like a fairy tale. But in reality, her story is not that different from our own.
Very early on, Esther was faced with the harshness of life when both her parents died. And yet she also saw God's unfailing love through her cousin Mordecai, who brought her into his own home and raised her as his own daughter. It was this love -- God's love shown through Mordecai -- that would later give Esther the foundation to act with such courage and bravery.
Esther also learned that great blessing also comes with great responsibility. Though unexpected, Esther's position as queen allowed her to enjoy a very privileged life. But more importantly, it allowed Esther to save an entire nation. Esther realized that her blessings were not meant for her alone, but to be used to bless others.
Just like Esther, we area all orphans spiritually and in need of a loving Father. Through Christ, we have been adopted into God's family and are now called His sons and daughters. And just like Esther, we can be faithful with the blessings God has given us in response to the limitless and never-ending faithfulness He has showered on us.
As you prepare to share this lesson with your class, take a moment to read through the book of Esther in the Old Testament. Then ask yourself what blessings God has given you and how He might want you to use those to encourage, protect, and provide for those around you.
To see our curriculum outline, see our website. To see our take-home Parent Page, where you can read a summary for each week's lesson and songs, click here.