When Solomon became king, God told Solomon he could ask for anything. Solomon asked for wisdom. Wisdom is the knowledge and understanding of what is right, true, honest, and fair. Solomon wrote down many wise sayings in the Book of Proverbs. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-12; 4:10-19. This story can be found on page 92 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
King Solomon asked God to make him wise, so God gave Solomon wisdom. Solomon’s wisdom helped him understand how to make right choices and live in a way that pleased God. Other kings and queens came from far away to learn from Solomon.
Solomon wrote down many wise sayings in the Book of Proverbs to help people live wisely. These are some of the words Solomon wrote.
“These proverbs are good for teaching you wisdom, for giving you understanding, and for leading you to what is right, honest, and fair. If you really want to be wise, begin by fearing the Lord. Fearing God means to respect Him and be amazed at Him. Only foolish people ignore wisdom and instruction.”
“Never let go of love and truth. Then you will find favor with God and with man.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right path.”
“Do not pretend to know everything. Run to God, and run away from evil. Then you will be healthy and strong. Honor God with everything you have, and give Him the first and the best. You will have more than you need.”
“When God disciplines you, do not hate His instruction. God trains those He loves, like a father trains his son.”
“Listen to my advice. I am teaching you how to be wise. Stay away from people who do evil. They hurt others and make foolish decisions. But a wise person is like the sun in the morning. They shine brighter throughout the day. A foolish person is like darkness. They can’t even see what makes them trip and fall.”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What does it mean to fear God? (to respect Him and be amazed at Him)
- Should we trust in what we know or in the Lord? (the Lord)
- Should we give God the first and best of what we have or what is leftover? (the first and best)
- Why does God discipline us? (because He loves us)
- How should we behave toward people who do evil things? (stay away)
- What book of the Bible gives us wise sayings about God’s wisdom? (Proverbs)
- Who wrote the book of Proverbs? (Solomon)
- Fill in the blank: “Trust in the Lord with all your __________.” (heart)
- Fill in the blank: “God disciplines those He _____.” (loves)
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God gives us wisdom. He made everything and knows how it works best. Everyone sins and makes foolish choices, but God sent His Son to save us. Jesus makes us wise and holy, and He frees us from sin.
Wisdom comes from God. He made the world and knows how it works best. Everyone is born a foolish sinner, but God sent His Son to earth to save us. The Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. Jesus makes us wise and holy. He frees us from sin.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for His great wisdom and for loving us enough to share His wisdom with us in His Word. Ask God to help you be wise in your life this week. Ask God to help you love Him and obey His Word.