It’s easy to follow God’s way when it looks a lot like our own – when everything is going our way and decisions are relatively easy. But a true test of integrity is whether or not we choose to follow God, even when we’re tempted to go an easier way or don’t understand how God’s way could be better than our own. People of integrity follow God no matter what, even when it seems crazy!
INTEGRITY: Following God inside, outside, and everywhere!
MEMORY VERSE: “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” PROVERBS 10:9 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: People of Integrity Follow God No Matter What
God chose Saul to be the first king of Israel. Saul followed God for a while but later chose to go his own way. Because of Saul’s sins, God chose David to be the next king of Israel after Saul died. David was such a good warrior and leader that Saul became jealous of him and wanted to kill him. David had to run for his life even though he was God’s chosen one. While he was on the run and hiding from Saul, he had not one, but two chances to kill Saul. This would mean that David wouldn’t have to live in hiding anymore, and that he could become the king of Israel right away. Instead, David chose to follow God inside, outside, and everywhere no matter what by trusting God’s timing instead of his own. Saul eventually died in battle and David became king, just like God promised.
READ 1 SAMUEL 24:1-12
1. What did David have the chance to do? (He could kill Saul and become king of Israel.)
2. Look at verse 6. How did David show integrity? Why? (He chose not to kill Saul but cut off a corner of Saul’s robe instead. He knew God chose Saul to be the king and David would not kill the man God had chosen.)
3. What did David say to Saul? (He told Saul he didn’t want to hurt him and trusted that God would judge Saul for how he was treating David.)
READ 1 SAMUEL 26:7-12
4. Do you think it may have been hard sometimes for him to trust God’s plan? Why?
5. Once again, David had the chance to kill Saul and become the king. What did David do this time? (He spared his life again and took Saul’s spear and water jug.)
6. Look at verse 9. How did David respond with integrity? (He reminded Abishai that it was God’s plan for Saul to be king so he would not kill him even if it would make his life easier. He trusted God’s perfect plan.)
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Teacher: Meal Time
Review the story of Saul and David in 1 Samuel 24:1-12 and 1 Samuel 26:7-12. These stories of David remind us of another King! Jesus had all the power to become King as soon as He came to earth, but He knew that He would only be our King AND Savior if He followed God inside, outside, and everywhere! How can remembering that Jesus showed integrity and did this for you help you the next time you are tempted to disobey when no one is looking or when your friends are telling you to do something you know is wrong?
Friend: Drive Time
David was tempted to take a shortcut to become king, but instead trusted God’s perfect way. Talk about times when you are most tempted to disobey God’s perfect way to get something you really want. When are times that you would rather take a shortcut than follow God’s way? How can trusting God’s perfect way help you resist temptation?
Thank God for Jesus’s integrity which led Him to die for our sin on the cross. Ask Him to help you follow His way even when no one is looking. Thank Him that His way is best, no matter how challenging things may seem in the moment.
Play Simon Says as a family. Look for ways to change up the rules so they’re not 100% fair (ex: don’t give every person a turn to be Simon, when you’re Simon make it an opposite round, go super fast so it’s hard for everyone to keep up, etc.). If/when your kids have a hard time keeping up, playing by the rules, or get frustrated, ask them why it was hard to follow Simon no matter what. Remind them that following God no matter what is better than a silly game, because we can trust that His way is always perfect, even when we don’t understand.
Thank God for the integrity of Christ which led Him to the cross. Ask Him to help you follow His way even when no one is looking. Thank Him that His way is best, no matter how challenging things may seem in the moment.
Next week we will continue looking at the character trait of INTEGRITY.
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