The Six Clocks


Idolatry- Discerning: Trust in God's provision


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."


Aren't mysteries fun?! In this episode the Lizarardo Detective Agency goes into action to investigate a rash of break-ins. The items stolen are clocks-all the same type and all bought at the same store-Mr. Lardner's Furniture Store. But what is so special about these clocks? And, who wants them badly enough to break in and steal the clocks? It turns out that it is Mr. Lardner himself who is taking the clocks from the people to whom he originally sold them. He knows one of them holds something that will make him rich.

Mr. Lardner's efforts to secure his future depended on a stolen diamond, instead of God. He rationalized breaking the law, in order to have good things now and in the future. But the Bible warns us that we are not to put our trust in riches, but rather to put our trust in Jesus for everything we need today and tomorrow (Philippians 4:19).


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. How many clocks were there in the original shipment to Mr. Lardner's furniture store?
A. Seven.

Q. Can you list who had the clocks?
A. Morrie, Lucille, Spike, Ross, Beppo, Doyle, and Mr. Lardner.

Q. Who was the police officer investigating the case?
A. Officer Dudley.

Q. What was hidden in one of the clocks?
A. A diamond.

Q. What the clue that revealed Mr. Lardner as the culprit?
A. His nasal spray.


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 are some of the things you need? Who do you trust to give you these things? Your parents? Yourself? Who is the one who truly gives you these things?
Of course, we know that God is the one who provides for all our needs and that he uses parents (when you are children) and work (when you are adults) to make that provision. The problem comes in when we look only to ourselves to get what we need, when we forget that God is ultimately the source of all things. (Read the parable of the Rich Fool-Luke 12:13-21; Psalm 62:10, 1 Timothy 4:17) When we trust in God for our needs, then we do not worry about what we don't have, we are content with what we do have, and we aren't tempted to do something wrong in order to get what we want.


The best way to free yourself from love of money is to give it away. What will you give away this week?
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