God-Worshiping: Leaning on our own understanding?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.
What do you do when you are afraid? Or looking for direction? The verses for this episode are God’s answer—trust in the Lord. This trust is described as “with all your heart.” That means that our heart is fully engaged in trusting our faithful God. Not God and something else, or someone else. God and only God is completely trustworthy. We give our whole heart to God and trust him to care for our concerns with his love and mercy. We do not “lean on our own understanding,” not for trying to figure out our problems on our own, or understanding our dilemmas without his help.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a good definition of trust: “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Thinking about trust in God like this spurs me on to know his character, to believe in his ability, to rest in his strength, and to be confident in the truth that he brings me in his word.
Trust in God is what gives us the ability to live without fear or anxiety no matter what life challenges we face.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why were Liz and his friends on The Big Rock Express?
A. They were invited by Granny to a special expedition to celebrate her birthday.
Q. What verse was written on the plaque that Grandpa Anole gave Granny?
A. Proverbs 3:5-6.
Q. Who provided the entertainment for the party?
A. A magician named Manfred the Magnificent.
Q. Who was skeptical about the magician’s tricks?
Q. What happened to Granny?
A. She disappeared.
Q. Who figured out the mystery of Granny’s disappearance?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What is it about God that makes him trustworthy?
Do a study of the attributes (characteristics) of God (the Psalms is a good place to start). For example: “The Lord is good to all (Psalm 145:9).” “He is the Rock, his works are perfect (Deuteronomy 32: 4).” How does knowing this about God help you to trust him?