The rewards of wisdom

Hello again! Today we are learning about the rewards of wisdom. Do you remember what wisdom is? Wisdom is knowing what God wants you to know and then making good choices.

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The Bible says when we have wisdom and when we make wise choices, that there will be rewards. A reward is like a prize. There will be GOOD things when we make good choices.

Some of the rewards Proverbs talks about are:

1:33 “but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

2:7-8 “He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
  for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.”

That means when we make good choices that obey God, we stay safe. If we don’t make good choices, we could do something dangerous.

**older kids you can talk about how God sometimes has us do “unsafe” things, but that our ETERNAL safety is with Him and that our real safety is in honoring God.**

2:21-22 “For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.”

Do you remember the land God promised His people? When they made wise choices and obeyed God, they got to live in that special place…but when they disobeyed Him, they had to leave and it was very sad. God has a special place for us to be too and when we obey Him and make good choices, He sets us right where we need to be.

3:24-26 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the Lord will be at your side
    and will keep your foot from being snared.”

Sometimes when you make a bad choice, you can feel bad about it…so bad you can’t sleep. Or you might be worried about the consequences…but when we make wise choices, we can have a good night’s sleep because we know we did the right thing.

 

We don’t have to worry when we make wise choices, because we know God’s way is the BEST way. If we learn all God wants us to know and we obey Him, then we can know we are making the BEST choices and that leads to life and peace.

We found THIS VIDEO posted by AnswersVBS which is the song “Words of Wisdom.”

 

Next time we’ll start learning some of HOW Proverbs says to make good choices!

Thanks again for joining us! Love to you all!

Proverbs-Wisdom

Hi all! The next few days we’ll be talking about the book of Proverbs. King Solomon (David’s son wrote a lot of this book, but some other people helped too.

If you remember, Solomon asked God for wisdom. Wisdom is knowing a lot of things and being able to make good choices. God was happy that Solomon asked for wisdom. The book of Proverbs tells us a lot about how God wants us to live….and how to make good choices.

Proverbs tells us how God wants us to live and then we can obey it!

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Our first lesson today is about wisdom. Proverbs 1:1-4 says (TLB for easier understanding)

“These are the proverbs of King Solomon of Israel, David’s son: He wrote them to teach his people how to live—how to act in every circumstance, for he wanted them to be understanding, just, and fair in everything they did.”

v. 7-9 “How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!” (The way to be wise is to love and obey God!)

Chapter 2: 6-14: “For the Lord grants wisdom! His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding. He grants good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting them and guarding their pathway. He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time. For wisdom and truth will enter the very center of your being, filling your life with joy. You will be given the sense to stay away from evil men who want you to be their partners in crime—men who turn from God’s ways to walk down dark and evil paths and exult in doing wrong, for they thoroughly enjoy their sins.”

Chapter 4:7 “Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment.”

4: 23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” 

That means put good things into your mind and heart–think about good things, learn the things God wants you to learn. Whatever you put into your mind and heart is what will come out. (Luke 6:45) If you think about bad things and learn yucky things, then you will make yucky choices. If you learn about God and love and obey Him, then you will make good choices and have a good life. (Not always an easy life, or even a happy life…but the best kind of life is a life that follows God.) (1:33, 2:6-8, 11, 12-15, 20-22, 9:11-12, 11:5, 12:28, 19:8, James 3:13)

So the next few days we’ll be learning about wisdom and what makes a good choice. We will read more of Proverbs and see how to follow God and how to guard our hearts so we can love and obey Him.

THIS VIDEO is the wisdom song posted by CelestinoZ.

Thanks for joining us! Love to you all!

Psalm 1

Hello everyone! Today’s lesson is from Psalm 1. This is a song about wisdom. Wisdom means knowing how to make good choices. You can learn a lot of things, but one of the most important things is how you make decisions. When you know what the Bible says, and what God wants then you can make wise (good) decisions. If you don’t know what the Bible says and don’t know what God wants, it can be easy to make bad choices. This song that David wrote talks about that.

1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Our preschool version:

Good things come to people who do not make bad choices
or stand around with other people who make bad choices.
Good things come to those whose joy is God’s word,
and who always think day and night about what God wants.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
it gives good fruit and its leaves does not wither away
whatever they do prospers.

But not for the wicked!
They are like chaff (the extra trash part of wheat and corn)
that the wind blows away.
The wicked will be in trouble for not listening to God,
these people will not get to stay with God forever.

Because the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but those who make unwise choices will only find destruction.

These verses say someone who listens to God and makes wise choices is like what?

A tree.

What do we know about trees? They are strong, and beautiful…if they are healthy, some trees make beautiful leaves or good fruit. People who listen to God and obey Him by making good choices are also strong and beautiful. And instead of fruit (because kids can’t grow fruit!!) they give other good things to people–like happiness, friendship, love and kindness.

But people who do not listen to God and make bad choices are like the extra part of wheat–when the farmers pick all the wheat, they grind up the extras and they get blown away in the wind. These people are not strong, they go any which way someone tells them to go and they can’t give good things to other people because they don’t have good things in their heart.

It’s important to listen to God and be able to wise choices so we can be like the strong trees that give good things to other people.

For our craft today, we made two pictures. One of a tree (we drew the trunk and glued on craft leaves–but you could draw it all, use tissue paper for the tree or collect real leaves from outside.) Our text reads: The wise are like a tree: strong, gives off fruit (good things to others), beautiful. Psalm 1:3

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Then for our second picture we drew stalks of wheat (just straight up and down lines with a yellow marker) and then dabbed some glue and glitter to be the chaff blowing away in the wind. Our text reads: The wicked are like chaff: blows any way, not strong, does not give good things. Psalm 1:4

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THIS is a kids song version posted by PricklyPear111.

THIS video has the verses with motions to help kids memorize this chapter (posted by Jena Thacker).

And THIS is a recitation with pictures to help kids visualize the verses posted by BaberAnimation.

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Solomon’s Wisdom

Hi all! So this week we did the story of David and Bathsheba (and used last year’s lesson) found HERE.

And for today’s story we did King Solomon’s wisdom. Story found HERE and in 1 Kings 3.

For our craft today we took an oval of orange construction paper, and cut out a yellow crown and a white thought bubble. Then we decorated King Solomon’s face and wrote the word “wisdom” in the thought bubble.

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THIS is a cute kids’ song posted by CelestinoZ.

And THIS is an overview from jellytelly, from their 5 minute family devotional series.

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!