Are you as swamped with big questions at your house as I am at mine right now? Questions like, “where does God live?” Today in our story you’ll hear about an Israelite king named David who decided he should build a house for God and that it would be a place where people could come from all over to worship God. Take some time this week to talk together about different places that you encounter God in your lives. Maybe that is at church, in a special spot out in nature, on your morning run, or in a cozy corner of your home. Think together about what helps us feel God’s presence around us and be on the lookout for places that God shows up for each of you this week.
LET’S READ THE STORY AND THINK ABOUT IT
- What do you think about the story for today? What jumped out at you either because it was nice or strange or confusing?
- How would you feel if you were David going from being the youngest of 8 brothers and being a shepherd to being king?
- How would you feel if you were King David hearing God's words to you about one of your descendants ruling forever?
- What does it say about God that God wasn't as interested in King David making a fancy house for God, but rather turning it back on David and promising him an heir who would rule forever?
- God already knew God's plans for the future and sending Jesus
- God isn't as interested in fancy houses as people are
- God thought highly of David
- How do you feel about being a part of God's house in the world today? How does this shape the way you see yourself and how you treat yourself? How do you feel about other people being a part of God's house in the world today? Is it hard to imagine people you don't like being a part of God's house?
- Knowing that others are also part of God's house:
- How should we treat them?
- Do external differences change anything? Color of skin, rich or poor, accents, language, physical appearance, popularity, etc.