Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
- cooking oil
- one container with cover per child
- two clear glasses per child
- food coloring
- print-out of Proverbs 3:5
What does it mean to trust the Lord with all our hearts? It simply means to believe in Him and not doubt His ways and plans. It is walking with Him because we trust that God knows what is best for us.
We have to understand that although the Lord has given us the ability to comprehend, it is still limited. Acknowledging our limitations should draw us to trust the unlimited wisdom of the Lord Most High. When we rely on our limited understanding, we are telling God that we don’t trust Him enough. In simple words, we doubt the Lord.
Our first parent, Adam made a mistake in trusting his own understanding by eating the fruit that God forbade him to eat. Adam thought that he could understand right or wrong without the divine revelation of God. If he had trusted God to do that, he wouldn’t have fallen into the temptation thus causing all mankind to be born sinners.
Proverbs 3:6 then shows us why we should trust the Lord and not doubt Him – He will make our paths straight.
I’d like to emphasize on the word “ALL” in Proverbs 3:5. The requirement here in trusting the Lord is not with some of our hearts but with ALL of our hearts. There shouldn’t be any trace of distrust or doubt in our Lord. Trust and doubt could never mix. Either we trust God or we doubt Him.
That is what we emphasized with our kids. For them to further understand, we gave each one of them two glasses and one clear container with a cover. We then poured oil which signified doubt or worry on one glass and water which signified trusting God on the other glass.
To make water more visible, we added a little food coloring to it.
Then we asked them to mix both the oil (doubt) and colored water (trust in God) together and shake it. They enjoyed this part so much! Haha! But no matter how much they shake it, oil and water can never mix. Either we trust in the Lord with our all or we do not. Either we believe in God a 100% or we do not.
For them to remember and memorize the verse, we asked them to color the printed copy of Proverbs 3:5. If you wish to use it, feel free to download it.
While they were coloring, we discussed the reasons why we should trust the Lord and how we should trust Him. We can trust the Lord because He is great and only wants what is best for us. That is our God!
We closed in prayer, asking God to help us trust Him with all our hearts.
Please feel free to comment below and share your experiences with your kids especially in trusting the Lord.
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