This week we are involved with Vacation Bible School at our church. My husband and I are working with the 4th and 5th graders (just finished). He is teaching the group. I am filling in the details.
I’m printing up papers, decorating the room, filling in name tags and doing all the things that need to be done to take pressure off a teacher who doesn’t enjoy the creative side of life other than in teaching. I also love teaching the Bible verse so I’m doing that. So, we are each getting to do what we enjoy!
I’ll try to share with you the scriptures we are memorizing along with the main topic for each day in this study of Esther.
Why? Because the Scripture passages they chose are really great ones for encouragement and enlightenment over time. If they are passages you aren’t familiar with, it would be wise for you to memorize them along with me.
The benefit of memorized Scripture cannot be overemphasized. It will come back to you at times you won’t anticipate. When you are problem solving, GOD’s Word that has been memorized will come flooding into your mind to teach you what the right thing is to do, or the right attitude, or the right focus! Of course, it is also wonderful to pray back to GOD in prayer as well. It provides a lot of fodder for “meditation” on His Word!
Our main thought for today: GOD HAS A PERFECT PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE.
Passage for study: Esther 1:1-2:20
Memory work: Isaiah 46:9-10 (NIV)
Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
This is the extra credit Scripture for them to memorize:
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—
rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,
that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
I Peter 2:4-6, 9-10 (NIV)
We hope to get our in-class contest going tomorrow. I wish they would all be motivated to memorize this for the pure joy of it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m not surprised or shocked. It is what it is. I’m just trying to find some way to motivate them to want to memorize so GOD’s Word will sit in their heads and hearts to marinate there. We’re praying for them…and hatching a plan for tomorrow.
We have the range of children in our group all the way from the jaded, knowledgeable kids who “know all the answers” to children who are uncomfortable in church…everything in between.
Apart from GOD’s intervention in all our lives, we are wasting our time…no matter what “clever” interventions we come up with! And our “cleverness” is on the wane.