CrossKids Devo | God Delivers
Activity – Tell Me Thumbthing
Say: When people like a movie, they sometimes give it a thumbs-up. Demonstrate. Really like the movie? Two thumbs-up. If they dislike or really dislike the movie, they give it one or two thumbs-down. Demonstrate.
Please rate how this past week has gone for you. Was it a one or two thumbs-up week? A one or two thumbs-down week? Or maybe you'd give it one thumbs-up and one thumbs-down--it was a good and bad week.
Rate your week now.
After kids rate their weeks, give kids 30 seconds each to explain why they rated their weeks as they did. You'll go first, sharing a story that models the sort of brief, personal stories you hope kids will share too.
Children will express themselves more over time, and hearing their stories will help you adapt this session to make it even more relevant to your kids' lives. Bible Time – God Delivers – 1 Samuel 24:15, 24:1-22 Verse Of The Day: 1 Samuel 24:15
Read: 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Story: David had been running from King Saul for a long time. He was tired of running, but kept on hiding. The king wasn’t faithful to God and was filled with pride. The Lord wanted David to be king over the children of Israel and not Saul. King Saul tried to find David before he became king so he could try to kill him. He wanted to try to keep David from being on the throne. Saul had many soldiers with him looking for David.
David loved the Lord very much and did not want to fight with King Saul. One time David had the chance to sneak up on King Saul and kill him. Saul was resting inside of a cave. David was hiding back in the cave. David crept up to him, but chose not to hurt the king. David wanted to show the king he loved God’s will more than anything. David also kept his soldiers from hurting the king. Instead, David took a piece of King Saul’s robe. After Saul left, David appeared to him from the top of a mountain. He showed King Saul he could have hurt him if he wanted to. David loved God more than the power of being a king. David taught Saul a valuable lesson about what is important to God and later David became the king just as God had said.
Through Jesus Christ, we have the ability to choose God’s will over our own will (what we want to do). The Bible also tells us we do not have to be mean back to someone who has treated us in a wrong way. We have the power, through the Spirit of Christ, to do good to those who treat us well and those who don’t. We also have the power to wait on God to take care of things for us. We have a great and awesome God who promises to help us. It is when we take things into our own hands and jump ahead of God that we get into trouble.
Did David get out of God’s will or did he get out of God’s way?
Who gives us the ability to do good to our enemies?
Tell about a time when you had to choose between your way and God’s way. What happened?
Kid's Bible Dictionary
Revenge: To cause injury or hurt to someone after they caused you hurt.
Judge: To make a decision as to who is right or wrong. God is our Judge