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 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, that His way is the best way, and how we all need to listen and obey.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned that Israel wanted a king. The Israelites asked Samuel for a king, but 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 anointed 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's way is the best way.
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God's Way is the Best Way:
1. 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.
2. Cookie Test
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 each batch of cookies and talk to your child about following the directions of the recipe and the importance of following God’s way 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?
3. Make a Path
Head outside and help your child draw a path with sidewalk chalk on the driveway or sidewalk.Make zig zags and twists & turns in the path. Let your child use a toy car and follow along the path. Talk about how following God’s way is the best way.
Lord, we are grateful that you light our paths. Thank you that we are not alone in anything and that we can trust that your way is the best way. Thank you for the sacrifice you made to bring us back to you, thank you for Jesus!
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