Imagine a trustworthy person tells you of a vast treasure worth more than you can imagine. They say it would be yours if you found it. What would you do? How hard would you search? What would you say if I told you God Himself offers you a treasure greater than anything on earth? It won’t come easy but it’s worth the search. An entire book of the Bible is dedicated to that which is more precious than rubies, sweeter than honey and more valuable than gold. That treasure is WISDOM.
WISDOM: An understanding of truth that guides your actions
MEMORY VERSE: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise Him forever!” PSALMS 111:10 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: All Wisdom Comes from God
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, shared with us some of the wisdom God gave him in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs 2:1-8 he calls us to pursue the one true source of wisdom, the Lord. God longs to give us wisdom when we search for it. He has even given us His very words in the Bible. The writer of Psalm 119:9-16 shows us what it looks like to have a deep passion for God’s Word. The Psalmist is a model of how we should hide God’s word in our heart, seek His commands, rejoice in the Lord’s decrees and meditate on His ways.
- What is the hardest you’ve ever looked for something? What made it worth the search? How did you feel when you found it?
- How do you search for wisdom? Where do you look for it? Who do you ask?
- How would you compare your passion for the Bible to that of the Psalmist?
- Why is it important to spend time in God’s Word and memorize scripture? Do you think it’s still relevant to your life today?
Bring It Home: 3 Activities to Teach Kids about Seeking Wisdom from God
1. Project 66
This month we are challenging all elementary kids to memorize all 66 books of the Bible. To help you work on that with your kids, take a look at the Project 66 handout which has all of the books listed and divided by category. Begin by memorizing the Law, Historical and Wisdom books from the Old Testament this week as a family. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 31 from 7-9 for Watermark Kids Live, a family worship night in the Watermark Children’s Building.
2. Time in God’s Word
Take time this week to model for your kids what it looks like to spend time with the Lord in His Word. Get together as a family and read through Proverbs 2:1-8. Discuss what you learn from this passage about wisdom and about God. Next, have everyone take their Bibles and spend some one-on-one time with God reading Proverbs 3:5-7, journaling about what they learned and praying. Get together and share with each other about your quiet time.
3. Wisdom Verse Search
Hide the words from this month’s memory verse around your house. You can write them on pieces of paper, fake money, candy, on a mirror/glass with a dry erase marker or any other creative way you can think of. See if your kids can find all of the words by the end of the week and put all of the words in order to spell out the verse.
Prayer: Psalm 119:10-12
Thank God for being the perfect source of all wisdom. Thank Him for giving us His Word for us to read. Ask God to help you search for wisdom as you would for a priceless treasure and hide His word in your heart.
Does your family do devotionals together? How do you involve kids of different ages? Tell us what it looks like for your family to spend time in God’s Word together.
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