As teenagers, you are at a pivotal stage in your lives, navigating through various challenges, uncertainties, and transitions. It is during these years that your faith in God can be strengthened and deepened. Today, we will explore a passage from Deuteronomy and a psalm from David, which offer valuable insights on embracing the journey of faith. Let’s dive in and discover how these passages are relevant to your lives.
Bible Reading 1: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 – Moses’ Legacy
“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land…And Moses the servant of the Lord died there…Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34:1, 5, 10, NIV)
- Moses, a faithful servant of God, had led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
- Despite his many accomplishments, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land due to disobedience.
- God showed Moses the entire land before he died, affirming His faithfulness to His promises.
- How do you think Moses felt knowing he couldn’t enter the Promised Land? Can you relate to any disappointments or unfulfilled desires in your own life?
- Even though Moses couldn’t enter the Promised Land, what qualities did he display as a faithful servant of God?
Bible Reading 2: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 – The Eternal Nature of God
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations…Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2, NIV)
- The psalmist, believed to be Moses, acknowledges God as their eternal dwelling place and the Creator of all things.
- The psalmist reflects on the brevity of human life compared to the timeless nature of God.
- The psalmist pleads for God’s mercy and favor, recognizing the need for His guidance and blessing.
- How does understanding the eternal nature of God impact your perspective on the challenges and difficulties of life?
- In what ways can you make God your dwelling place and seek His presence amidst the transient nature of life?
Youth Group Game: “Faith Journey Trivia”
Divide the group into teams and ask questions related to the topic of faith journey. Give each team a chance to answer, and award points for correct answers. This game will not only engage the teenagers but also reinforce the lesson content.
- What was the name of the mountain Moses climbed before he died? (Mount Nebo)
- Who wrote Psalm 90? (Moses)
- What does the psalmist call God in Psalm 90:1? (Dwelling place)
Bible Reading 3: Deuteronomy 34:7-12 – Moses’ Legacy Remembered
“Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone… Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses…” (Deuteronomy 34:7, 10, NIV)
- Despite Moses’ advanced age, he remained strong and faithful until the end of his life.
- Moses left a lasting legacy as a prophet and leader of Israel, unparalleled by anyone who came after him.
- This passage highlights the unique relationship Moses had with God, whom he knew face to face.
- What qualities do you think made Moses a great leader and prophet?
- How can we apply the example of Moses in our own faith journey? What can we learn from his relationship with God?
Dear God, thank you for the example of Moses and the psalmist, who remind us of Your faithfulness and eternal nature. Help us to embrace the journey of faith, trusting in Your promises and seeking Your presence. Strengthen us as we face challenges and uncertainties, and guide us in our leadership roles. May our lives be a testament to Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.