Wisdom is the knowledge and understanding of what is right, true, honest and fair. I don’t think this series of lessons could have come at a better time than right now. When the world is showing you on TV every night the opposite of wisdom, it is more important now than ever to teach your kids what true wisdom is. Here’s what you need this week to help teach your kids:
- Bible Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-12; 4:10-19
- Main Point: Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.
- Key Passage: Proverbs 2:6-7
- Big Picture Question: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
The book of Proverbs is called “Wisdom Literature.” It is found here and some other places in the Old Testament (and some scholars think in the New Testament as well). Wisdom literature is marked by words of wisdom that hold true most of the time. Wisdom literature doesn’t tell us all of the possible outcomes, but the generally true outcomes. The author of Proverbs says:
My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for they will provide a long and full life,
and they will add well-being to you.
When the author says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6), that is not a guarantee that every child that is raised up right will never turn away from what he’s learned. But the author is saying, generally speaking, if children are started on the right path, they are more likely to end up on the right path than the wrong one. That nugget of wisdom might seem obvious, but especially to children, those kind of nuggets of wisdom have to be spoken.
Let me encourage you to share some of God’s proverbs with your kids this week. Talk about the general truth of the proverb. Talk about how that proverb has held true in your life. Talk about how it hasn’t worked out that way, but that it was still a good general principle. If you’re not sure which one to talk about with your kids, try Proverbs 4:18-19.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
Talk about how doing what is right makes for bright paths, but doing what is wrong makes for dark paths that cause us to stumble. How have you seen that play out in your life?
Have a Great Week!
P.S. – The kids will be participating in a Christmas program this year all together. We’re going to sing a couple of songs as a group. We’ll practice as a part of our regular Sunday school time. I’ll send more info along as we get closer.
Also, there is a congregational meeting coming up in November. We will still have Sunday school that week, just a shortened version so we can have our pot-blessing and meeting.