Proverbs 3:5-6 says this: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." If you notice, this verse doesn't say, "Trust in the Lord with half of your heart" or "three-quarters". It says "all". That's completely no holding back. That's hard! But God would never ask us to do something that He wouldn't give us the ability to do. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most well-loved Scriptures of many Christians. Here is a fun Bible school activity to help your kids learn this verse along with some other Bible verses about trusting in the Lord.
Here's what you do:
This activity will be played best with 8 or more children. The only thing you need for this game is a bag or bucket with index cards of numbers 2 to half of the number of kids in your class. For example, if you have a total of 8 children, then your bag will contain numbers 2, 3 and 4.
How to play:
You will need to divide your class into 2 teams. Have one child from the first team come forward and ask him one of the questions based on trusting in God found below. If the child answers correctly then he will get to reach in the bag and pull out a number. This number is the amount of people from this child's team who must stand up and say the verse correctly, one at a time. You, the teacher, will choose the kids who say the verse by alphabetical order of their last names. This way every child will get a chance o say the verse at some point or other. In order for a team to earn any points, all of the kids who were chosen to say the verse must say the Scripture correctly. For every child who said the verse correctly, that team will earn 100 points. So, if 2 children said the Scripture, that team will earn 200 points. If any child does not say the verse, the team earns zero points.
Before playing, introduce the lesson in the following way:
Who would like to read Proverbs 3:5-6? (Have a child read the verse.) Trusting in the Lord is often one of the hardest things for a Christian to do. I think the reason for this is found in our verse today in the part where it says "and lean not on your own understanding." Instead of trusting in God, we think we can do it all. We think we know it all and we might wonder if God really is as powerful as He says He is. This is crazy thinking! God is God! He is almighty, all-powerful and all-knowing! There is nothing that He can't do for you that is according to His will for your life. He loves you! That alone is reason enough to trust Him. Here's another question. How much of our heart are we supposed to trust God with? (Wait for response of "all".) That's right! We're supposed to trust God with all of our heart. Not just half or a little bit. So, let's play a game today to help us learn Proverbs 3:5-6 and a little bit more about what it means to trust in God. Before we play, let's say Proverbs 3:5-6 several times together to help you memorize it as quickly as possible.
At this point, you are ready to play the Bible school activity based on Proverbs 3:5-6. Have fun!
12 Fill-in-the-blank Questions:
1. Romans 15:13 says this:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that we can overflow with ___________ as we trust in Him. (hope)
2. Exodus 14:31 says this:
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in ____________. (Moses)
3. Numbers 20:12 says this:
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them."
Fill in the blank: This verse shows how Moses and Aaron did not trust in the Lord. Because of this they would not be allowed to bring the ______________ into the land God was giving them. (community or Israelites)
4. Psalm 4:5 says this:
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that we should trust in the ______________. (Lord)
5. Psalm 9:10 says this:
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that people who know God's _______________ trust in the Lord. (name)
6. Psalm 13:5 says this:
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse says that his heart rejoices in God's _______________ . (salvation)
7. Psalm 20:7 says this:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that some people trust in ______________ rather than in the name of the Lord. (horses or chariots)
8. Psalm 22:4 says this:
In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
Fill in the blank: Because Israel's ancestors put their trust in God, God ________________ them. (delivered)
9. Psalm 25:2 says this:
I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse did not want his ______________ to triumph over him. (enemies)
10. Psalm 31:6 says this:
I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the LORD.
Fill in the blank: If we trust in the Lord, we will not cling to worthless _______________. (idols)
11. Psalm 33:21 says this:
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
Fill in the blank: When we trust in the Lord, our hearts will ________________. (rejoice)
12. Psalm 40:3 says this:
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse said that God put a new _____________ in his mouth because he trusted in Him.
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