The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23)
I am a huge fan of that verse–it has helped me so many times in life. Even when the path seemed unsure (which was often) I knew I could depend on God to lead me the right way–if (yes, there is an if) I was a good/righteous person. That comforts me and I know it will comfort kids too. Got a Slinky? If so you can teach this neat object lesson!
What You’ll Need
- Collection of books or something to arrange as stairs
Psalm 37:23 Object Lesson on Following God
I love games like Mother May I. Don’t you? Maybe we will play it later. Anyway, the only problem with that game is you don’t get to pick what kind of steps you take or how many. The “Mother” gets to do that and sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, God isn’t like that at all. First of all, when we walk with God’s we don’t race against others but we race against ourselves. And sometimes knowing which way to go or what to do next is confusing. We don’t always get it right, do we? That’s when we must remember Psalm 37, verse 23. Let’s read it. (Have someone read the verse.)
That is so cool! To explain a little more of what that means, I brought a Slinky with me today. (Put the Slinky at the top of the stairs you made.) Let’s pretend that this Slinky is you. You need to get to the bottom but you aren’t sure how to get there. That’s where this verse comes in. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord–that means He will make a way for the good man. See? (Let the Slinky “walk” down the stairs. Do it again for greater effect.)
What happens if you haven’t been following God? What do you steps look like then? (Rearrange the steps so the Slinky can’t get down.) Oh man, that’s not cool. So which do we want to be? The Slinky that gets where he needs to go or the one that gets stuck? That’s right! We want God to order our steps!
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