Order Discovering: God’s fingerprints are everywhere!
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Do you remember finger painting? It was so much fun to get paint on your hands and then make pictures with your fingers. Sometimes I think of God finger painting when I look at nature. The mountains are covered with God’s fingerprints, as are the fields of wheat, the beaches and oceans, the rivers that crisscross the continents, and the variety of animal and plant life.
God’s fingerprints are also evident in the diversity of humanity. All peoples are created in the image of God and are evidence of God’s fingerprints. God’s fingerprints are also all over our lives. God shapes us and leaves his fingerprints on the circumstances and events of our lives. Isaiah speaks to this when he says “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64: 8). (See also Psalm 40:5)
Jacob had many experiences that were evidence of God’s work in his life. At one point he exclaims, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16).” This describes us too, doesn’t it? God is there, but we are not aware of it. The cure for this is to intentionally look for God’s fingerprints every day. What do you see?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What does NLSA stand for?
A. National Lizard Space Agency.
Q. What instrument did they use while they were under water?
A. The Canadarm.
Q. What challenge did Liz get a perfect score?
A. Saying the alphabet backward while spinning.
Q. What was their instructor’s name?
A. Captain Squamata.
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.
Why is it important for us to recognize God’s fingerprints in our world and in our lives?
First of all, we get a sense of the majesty and power of our God. God is in control of our world, therefore we need not fear, even in the face of disaster. We also get a assurance of God’s presence in our lives. He has planned our lives and his plans are for good not evil. We can trust him for that. (See Psalm 40:5, Psalm 46: 1-3, Psalm 31: 14, 15a., Jeremiah 29: 11.)