“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
After reading today’s Key Verse with your class, help them understand by explaining that because we are humans, we cannot understand the things of God. We must learn to trust Him with all of our heart.
The events in today’s lesson are mainly things we cannot really understand. That is why we must rely upon God and not our own understanding (see today’s Key Verse.) God created everything out of nothing. That is amazing if you think about it. Who can understand how that is possible? God gave mankind everything they would ever need inside the garden. He only asked one thing – don’t eat of the fruit of one particular tree in the garden (Genesis 2:15-17.) But that is exactly what Adam and Eve did. They disobeyed God and ate of that one fruit. They didn’t trust God’s Word, but leaned on their own understanding. When Eve saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and that it was a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate it (Genesis 3:6.) She tried to understand. She didn’t trust God’s Words. By the time you get to Genesis chapter 6 mankind had become exceedingly wicked. So wicked, God wanted to destroy all of His creation. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8. God spared Noah and his family. But by chapter 11 of Genesis, the people had once again decided to choose what they wanted over what God told them to do. God had told the people to go and to fill the earth, but they came together and built a city and a tower to the heavens – to make a name for themselves. Once again, God intervened in man’s affairs.
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Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash!
For today’s lesson, we had stickers (and cut outs from magazines) of things God created and let the children stick (or glue) them on some construction paper. We also had the verse Genesis 1:1 printed out for them to glue to the paper. The idea is to have them understand that God created the world, animals, people, plants, flowers, etc.
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural. Today, have them choose an area in their lives in which they have not yet trusted God. Have them write at least one way they can begin to trust God in that area. Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.