The clues start out rather tricky but get easier as they go along.
Reference: v.25 "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people." (NIV Bible)
Explore: While driving along in the car with my parents the other day we started to play a game. It was like a Bible 'Who am I?' I had gathered some cards from an old Bible board game. On one side they had the name of a Biblical character and on the other side they had six clues as to who the character was. The clues start out rather tricky but get easier as they go along. While this sounds incredibly dorky, it's something that my parents and I enjoy to do as we travel along. My mother was reading the clues and the first one she said was, 'A New Testament character who fell pregnant at an old age.' Dad and I almost instinctively went to say Sarah, as she was Abraham's wife and known for falling pregnant at an old age. However Mum had emphasised the words 'New Testament'. Dad and I were stumped for some moments as we tried to move on from Sarah and think of someone else. Sure enough, our brains finally clicked in to gear and we proclaimed, 'Elizabeth! The mother of John the Baptist.' It seemed that this was going to be a long game if we were stumped on an easier question!
Application: There are many main characters throughout the Bible that are well known by many: Abraham, Joseph, David, Peter and Paul. However, there are many smaller, lesser known people who still have an amazing faith and great encounter with God. God does not love these lesser characters less, they are just not mentioned as much in history. Sometimes we can feel like a lesser character to God. Nothing amazing or outstanding is really happening to us. And yet that does not mean that we are less loved by God than other people. We all have our different paths to walk, some are in the limelight while others are diligently working backstage. But regardless of our place in this earth, God sees everyone of us as important and truly loved. He desires to move in all of our lives and for us to be blessed by our faith in Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you care for each one of us. No one is more important in Your eyes. May we live today as knowing we are loved by the Creator of the Universe. Amen.
How has God shown you that you are important to Him?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.