Hands-on Faith for Families
Week of 8/5/13
God Leads in His Gentleness
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Talking to God
You serve a loving God. Thank Him for His desire to lead you gently toward Him and His willingness to give you the choice of obedience.
Put on a blindfold. Then, have another family member guide you through different rooms by "steering" your shoulders from behind. Then walk through the same rooms, still blindfolded, following the whispered directions of a trusted family member.
Just as family members can guide you with touch and whispers, God has many ways of gently leading you forward. He directs you through His Word (Psalm 119:105), with a quiet voice (1 Kings 19:11–13) and through other people (Hebrews 13:7). No matter how He leads you, God can do so without being harsh. If you accidentally head in the wrong direction, He can gently help you back onto His path. Even when you purposely disobey, His desire is to lovingly correct you. In the process of learning to follow Him, God allows you to make choices and suffer the consequences of your choices; but He also knows how to pull you gently back into His fold.
Talking to Each Other
• How was having someone steer you through the rooms different than having directions whispered to you?
• Which way is more like how God leads you? Explain.
• How can you learn to better recognize God’s gentle leading?
From Focus on the Family's Thrivingfamily.com. ©  [Renee Gray-Wilburn]. Used by permission.