Lesson 1: In God We Trust
God has an amazing plan for the lives of every human being. He has a path that He wants us to follow in order to fulfill His plan for our lives. As we go along in life, we tend to “do our own thing” and follow our own plan until we find ourselves messed up and “off the path.” It’s only then that most of us call out for help and ask God to “fix our mess.” If we are going to stay on the path that God has for our lives, we must trust Him with ALL of our heart, not just in the areas that we choose. In today’s lesson, we will look at Proverbs 3:5,6 and learn what it means to put ALL of our trust in God and following His plan for our lives.
At Home Instructions
Leader: I am so excited to start our series called “TEN For Life” today. (All of a sudden the music theme from “NFL On Fox” or “Monday Night Football” begins playing. Referee Ricky comes running in blowing his whistle over and over) Who in the world are you???
Ricky: I’ll tell you who I am! I am Referee Ricky!
Leader: Referee Ricky?
Ricky: That’s right! I am here to talk to you about “TEN For Life”! I am a PROfessional football referee! (blows whistle)
Leader: (holding ears) Wow! That is loud!
Ricky: (blows whistle) You better believe it’s loud. It’s my job in a football game to enforce the rules. The rules are an important part of the game. They help the players on the field play the game the way it was meant to be played. If they get out of line and don’t follow the rules, then (blows whistle) I give them a penalty! That sets them back TEN yards!
Leader: Wow! So, it’s important for the players to KNOW the rules, huh? That way they know when they might be breaking them.
Ricky: You got it!
Leader: I see. Well, let me ask you...ummm...tell me your name again.
Ricky: Referee Ricky! Try saying that TEN times fast.
Leader: Oh, I can do that. (tries, but it is almost impossible) Wow! That’s almost impossible.
Ricky: It sure is almost impossible. Just like it is impossible to win in the game of football if you don’t know the rules. Well, it’s the same with the Bible. The Bible is our rulebook for life. God gave us the Bible to teach us how the “game of life” is to be played. If we don’t know what the Bible teaches us, then we will never be able to live life the way God has planned for us.
Leader: That makes a lot of sense.
Ricky: Of course it does! Or my name ain’t Referee Ricky! (blows his whistle)
Leader: WOW! Do you have to keep blowing that whistle?
Ricky: I don’t have to.
Leader: (rubbing ears) Good.
Ricky: But, I will! (blows whistle)
Leader: (holding ears) Why do you have to keep doing that?
Ricky: I have to make sure you and these kids understand the importance of knowing the Bible. That’s why we are going to be memorizing a new scripture every week.
Leader: I know! I am excited about it! Kids, are you excited about it? (let them respond)
Ricky: I’m big-time excited about it. And, you know what I do when I get excited?
Leader: No, what?
Ricky: (blows whistle like crazy) That’s what I do! So, kids, make sure you work hard and memorize the scriptures every week! Learn God’s rules for life! It will help you stay on HIS path for your life! And, we all know that HIS path is THE path for our lives!
Leader: You got that right!
Ricky: Of course I did! Tell you what! I’m gonna get out of here and let a couple of my good friends, Dr. Boing and Dr. Von Hinklesnot teach you today’s Power Verse!
Leader: Sounds good! It was a pleasure to meet you, Referee Ricky!
Ricky: O, I will be back! You can guarantee it! See you later, kids! (theme song begins to play, as he runs out of the room blowing his whistle)
Leader: Wow! He’s loud! Let’s try to memorize our scripture for the week as we watch the Power Verse Video!
Preparation: Write the following at the top of the white board: “______ ____ the ______ _____ ___ ____ ______; do not _______ ___ ____ ___ ___________. Seek ____ ______ in ___ ___ ___, and He _____ ______ your _______.” _____________ __ : ___ - ___
Each blank represents a word in our Power Verse. Draw a maze under the verse. At the finishing point of the maze, draw a heart. Cover the maze with the cloth (old sheet, towel) or newspaper until your ready to begin the game.
How To Play: Remove the covering from the maze. Ask the children to raise their hands if they know one of the missing words. If they give a correct answer, they get to choose which direction to go in the maze. You can make this game as easy or as hard as you like depending on the difficulty of the maze. Make sure there are at least 24 turns in the maze (for the 24 blanks in the
Power Verse — “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5,6)
When the children finally make it to the end, tell them that the heart represents them working to put the word of God into their hearts. Reward all of the children with a prize. Tell them that when we hide God’s word in our heart, EVERYONE wins!
Choose your volunteers ahead of time and prepare them for what they will do.
(hold up the money) There are FOUR words that are on every single piece of U.S. money. Can anyone tell me what they are? (allow children to respond) It’s “IN GOD WE TRUST.” These words are not only important for our nation, but they are also important for each and every person who is a follower of Jesus.
Our Power Verse today says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” - Proverbs 3:5,6 There are several lessons we can learn from this verse.
God created each and every one of us. He knew exactly what we were going to look like, be like, and what we were going to be when we grow up—even before we were ever born. God loves us and has a plan for our lives. We can trust Him to take care of us and lead us throughout our lives.
What does it mean to TRUST God? Let me demonstrate. (Invite a child to come up to the stage and stand on the chair you have placed in the middle of the platform. Have the child stand with their back to the audience. Invite your adult volunteer to come up and stand in front of the chair.) Trust is a very important thing. It requires a person to believe that the other person wants to and is able to do the right thing. For instance, if ____________(child volunteer) trusts _____________ (adult volunteer), then they will have no problem falling backwards and trusting that they will be caught. They have to trust that ___________ (adult volunteer) both wants to and is able to catch them. If they didn’t trust, then there is no way they would fall backwards, right? (instruct the child to fall backwards into the arms of the adult volunteer to demonstrate their trust) Now, that’ trust! Give them both a hand!!!
We can certainly trust God because we know that He WANTS TO and IS ABLE TO take care of us, lead us, and direct us. Right? But, sadly, many times we don’t really trust Him the way the verse teaches us. You see, we can’t just half-way trust God.
Before I teach this part, I want to bless the kids sitting on the front row. There’s nothing better than cookies to celebrate something awesome! So, because I’m a giver and I love you for sitting up front, to give away ALL of these cookies. (hand a cookie to the kids on the front row—make sure you empty the bag. What the kids don’t know is that you have another bag of cookies hidden somewhere on the stage. You will be getting some cookies from that stash as you talk.) Instead of keeping them for myself, which I really want to do, I’m giving them all to you. Enjoy.
Our Power Verse says that we are to trust God with ALL of our heart. That means we trust Him ALL the time, in ALL situations, and in ALL areas of our lives. (pull out the other bag of cookies and start to eat some. Most likely the kids will start to yell, “You said you gave out ALL of the cookies! You didn’t!”) You are right. I told you I was giving out ALL of the cookies I had, but I kept the ones back that I wanted for myself.
Many times we say “all,” but what we really mean is “most.” We hold back what we want to keep and give all that we want to give. We give some and pretend we’re giving all. It’s like me with the cookies. I told you I was giving you all of them. That was technically true. I said “I’m giving you all of these cookies.” I didn’t mean all the cookies I wanted to keep. Only all the cookies I wanted to give.
We do that with God, too. We say, “God I trust you.” But, we hold back areas of our life that we want to control—like the friends we choose, the music we listen to, and the things we like to do. Our verse today says we are to trust with ALL our heart and seek His will in ALL we do. That means we can’t hold anything back.
If we will trust God with ALL of our heart and we will seek His will in ALL we do, then what does God promise to do? Our Power Verse tells us. It says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and…” (allow kids to finish the verse) That’s right! “...he will direct your paths.”
What does it mean for God to lead us on the right path? (walk over to the white board) It’s like this. If THIS (draw a dot on one side of the board) is when we are born and THIS (draw another dot on the other side of the board) is when we die, then if we trust God with ALL of our heart and seek His will in ALL we do, then He will lead us straight down the path that He has planned for us (draw a straight line from point A to point B). Without God, our path would look like this (draw a line that curves and swirls all over the place and never reaches the other point). Without putting our trust in God and seeking His will in all we do, then our life will NEVER reach the potential that He has planned for us. And, God has an AMAZING plan for us all. That’s why you must, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” - Proverbs 3:5,6.
(play soft music) Pray for the kids to submit their lives to God and trust Him with ALL of their heart. Ask them to think of anything they are holding back from God (their choice of friends, their choice of entertainment, their plans for life) and make a decision to seek HIS will in ALL they do so that He will direct their paths.
What was today’s Big Idea? Answer: “Trust in The Lord With ALL Of Your Heart!”
What was the name of the host of “The Ten Show”? Answer: Max (or Maxwell Montgomery)
What was the name of the leader of “The Ten Show” Band? Answer: Boffo
What four words are on every piece of U.S. money? Answer: In God We Trust
With how much of our heart are we to trust God? Answer: With ALL of our heart
Is God able to and willing to take care of us? Answer: Yes
Today we learned: “If We Seek His Will, He Will Lead Us On The _________ ___________.” Answer: Right path
What was the name of the referee we met today? Answer: Referee Ricky
What is the name of the series we started today? Answer: Ten For Life
Where was our Power Verse found? Answer: Proverbs 3:5,6