Activity time! Partner up with someone and do the trust fall exercise! Start close together, and round by round take a step away from each other (never exceeding how far it is to catch someone). After you finish, discuss your answers to the following questions with your teammate:
How did you feel when you knew your teammate was a few inches from you ready to catch you?
How did you feel when you knew your teammate was farther away?
Did you trust your teammate would catch you the entire time?
This week we enter a new truth! You can trust God and His Word.
God’s third X and O in His game plan is confidence. Confidence is the feeling that you can get when you can rely and trust on something.
Raise your hand if you got a little nervous falling back into your teammate’s arms.
Raise your hand if you got a little nervous catching your teammate?
Our nervousness showed our confidence in the other person was not 100%. Have you ever had 100% confidence in your team? Have you ever had less confidence in your team?
When we did the first trust fall, our confidence in our teammate was strong, maybe even close to 100%! However, the moment we took steps away, our confidence in our teammate weakened. We questioned our confidence in their ability to catch us. Here is the truth: God is the only One we can have full confidence and trust in.
If we did a trust fall with God, we would learn three things.
1. We can trust God. He will not drop us.
Let’s listen to Jeremiah 17:7:
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
We just read that when we trust God and make Him our full hope and confidence, we are blessed. We are blessed by becoming filled with all the hope and all the confidence, which then makes us live our lives more beautifully and fully.
2. We are safe with God. He will not harm us.
Psalms 46:7 says,
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”
Scripture is telling us that God is like our fortress that we can take shelter in during times of trouble.
Who has ever been in their house when a really bad thunderstorm is taking place?
It is sometimes very scary, but you have trust that the walls surrounding you will not budge. They will give you shelter and a place to be in the troubling thunderstorm.
God is our house when life’s storms get bad. He is a shelter for us to find strength, refuge, and safety.
3. He is always with us. He will not leave us. The Bible tells us how to respond to this truth:
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
When we fell backwards, we had a fear that our teammate would drop us. But with God, we can be full of trust and let fear go, because as we heard in Joshua, God is always with us.
With God as our forever teammate, we will always be safe. We have confidence that no matter where we are, no matter what team we’re on or what our next season looks like, He will catch us. He is always right by our side! Let’s Huddle up and yell, “I can trust God!”
Let’s huddle up and repeat those points together.
(Repeat a point and have players repeat after you…then move to the next point.)
- I was made on purpose for a purpose!
- I can trust God and His Word!
- God loves me and has sent Jesus!
- Love God and love others!
Let’s close in prayer together:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us this time together. Help us learn more about You as we meet every week. Amen.”