In Isaiah 30:15 the Lord says to Israel, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” It should be so easy. We want salvation and we want strength, but so often we will not have any of the repentance, rest, and trust that are required to get them. We would rather make our own way and trust in our own plan than believe that God’s plans are better than our own. This pattern is always a mistake. Use the activities below this week to teach your kids (and yourself) how good God’s plans are and how we all need to listen and obey.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Israel wanted a king. Over and over again they asked Samuel for a king. Each time Samuel told the Israelites they would be sorry if they had a king. The Lord was their king. Samuel told them a king would take their sons and daughters and their land. Even though God had always taken care of them, the Israelites didn’t trust God’s plan. They wanted to do things their own way. They wanted a king! The Lord assured Samuel it was not him they were rejecting it was the Lord. God told Samuel to give them a king so with the Lord’s direction, Samuel anoint-ed Saul and said he would be the leader of the Israelites. For a time, Saul was a good, obedient king. However, when Saul disobeyed the Lord, God rejected him as king. (1 Samuel 8‐11 & 15)
- God wants to be our King.
- God wants us to listen and obey.
- God’s plans are better than our own.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is All Powerful
1. Obedience Game
Make obedience fun by playing a simple game. See how quickly your child can obey these simple instructions: jump high three times, turn in a circle 2 times, stomp his feet five times, clap his hands three times. Continue creating instruction for your child or switch places and have him create instructions for you.
2. Cookie Recipes
Make a couple of batches of cookies with your child. On the first batch follow the recipe exactly, come back to the recipe many times to make sure you are getting it right. Next, make a second, smaller batch of cookies that don’t turn out well by doubling the quantity of oil. As you make the second batch don’t pay close attention to the recipe and kind of make it up as you go.
The increased proportion of oil will make the cookies meld together on the cookie sheet. The “flopped” cookies won’t be wasted; they can be crumbled up and used as an ice cream topping.
After both batches are finished, sample both of the cookies and talk to your child about following the directions of the recipe and the importance of obeying God by using these questions.
- What did we do right the first time?
- What went wrong with the second batch?
- Where do we find God’s instructions?
- What happened when the Israelites didn’t listen and obey God?
3. Make a crown!
Grab a solid color or white paper plate. Poke a small hole in the middle of the paper plate with scissors. Use the hole as a starting point to cut five lines out from the hole all around the paper plate. Then bend each triangle section up so that it looks like a crown. Have your child decorate it and even put jewels or pompoms on the tips of each triangle. Try the crown on for size and make the lines longer and the triangle sections bigger to fit your child’s head.
Thank you for caring so much about us that you made a spe-cial plan to save us from our sins. Please help us to trust in your ways and not our own. Amen.
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