During our first week of wisdom we learned that all wisdom comes from God. The next week we saw that God is happy to give us wisdom when we ask. Last week we discovered that we can use wisdom everywhere. This week all of the pieces of wisdom come together. When we seek true wisdom from God wherever we are, He can open our eyes to see who He truly is. When He gives us the wisdom to know Him, we can trust in Jesus and worship Him as our Savior.
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!” PSALM 111:10 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Seeking Wisdom Leads Us to Trust in Jesus
In John 9, Jesus healed a man from blindness twice. The first time he gave physical sight to a man who had been born blind. The man knew certain things to be true about Jesus, that He was a prophet from God who could heal and deserved to be followed, but he didn’t have full wisdom from God. After the man was questioned by the Pharisees, Jesus found him again. Jesus asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” and the man answered, “Who is He that I may believe?” The man sought wisdom from the one person who could give him true wisdom. At that point, Jesus healed the man’s spiritual blindness and revealed to him who He really was. The man’s response when he finally had the right view of Jesus is the same response we should all have. He believed and worshiped Jesus, Son of Man, Messiah, Savior of the world. We are all blind men and women in need of healing which can only be found in Christ.
- What problem did the man have? What had he done to deserve the kindness Jesus showed him?
- Did the Pharisees have a lot of knowledge? Did they show wisdom? What’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
- Our finish line from week 2 was “God is happy to give us wisdom when we ask.” How do you see that lived out in this story?
- How are you like the blind man? What is the only way you can be healed from your spiritual blindness?
Bring It Home: 3 Activities Illustrate Seeking Wisdom Leads Us to Trust in Jesus
1. Blind to the Truth
Take turns experiencing what it’s like to be blind. Blindfold your child and be sure they can’t see. Hand them an object they are unfamiliar with and give them time to explore it with their hands. Then, with the blindfold still on, have them try to draw what they were holding. Take off the blindfold and show them the object. Had they correctly guessed things about the object? Could they know the full truth about the object when they were blindfolded? What is the only way they could fully see the truth? Just like the man in John 9 that Jesus healed, we also need healing from our spiritual blindness. We cannot know God’s true wisdom until Jesus gives us sight.
2. The Most Important Question
Take time this week to talk with your kids about the very important question Jesus asked the man he healed from blindness, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Ask them who they think about Jesus and talk about their answers. If they wanted wisdom about who Jesus is, where would they search? Talk to them about how your answer to this question impacts your life. Share with them Scripture that reveals truth about Jesus (examples: John 3:16-17, Titus 3:4-7, John 1:1-4, Luke 4:18-21, Revelation 19:11-16).
3. Project 66
Print out this page that includes all 66 books of the Bible. Cut the books apart and hide them throughout your house. Challenge your kids to see who can find the most. Lay out all of the books in order and see who can say all 66 from memory. Be sure to join us for Watermark Kids Live on January 31 from 7-9 p.m. for a night of family fun, worship and encouragement!
Prayer: John 9:35-39
Thank God for being willing to seek us out when we are spiritually blind and for revealing His wisdom to us. Thank Him for being the source of all wisdom. Ask Him for wisdom for one specific situation you’re in this week.
Next week we will begin learning about a new Godly character trait… Righteousness. Ask your kids what they think it means and if they think we can do anything to earn it. Take a look at our new memory verse for the month, Romans 4:5.
How do you help your kids find wisdom for different situations they are in? Let us know how your family seeks wisdom from God.
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