Proverbs 3: 5-6 says this: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If you notice, this verse doesn’t say, “Trust the Lord with half your heart” or “three-fourths.” It says “all”. That’s completely, don’t stop. That is hard! But God would never ask us to do something that He would not give us the ability to do. Proverbs 3: 5-6 is one of the Scriptures most loved by many Christians. Here is a fun Bible school activity to help your kids learn this verse along with other Bible verses about trusting in the Lord.
This is what you do:
This activity is best played with 8 or more children. All you need for this game is a bag or bucket of number 2 tiles at half the number of children in your class. For example, if you have a total of 8 children, your bag will contain the numbers 2, 3, and 4.
How to play:
You will have to divide your class into 2 teams. Have a child from the first team come over and ask you one of the questions based on trust in God below. If the child answers correctly, they can reach into the bag and draw a number. This number is the number of people on this child’s team who should stand up and say the verse correctly, one at a time. You, the teacher, will choose the children to say the verse in alphabetical order of their last names. In this way, each child will have the opportunity to say the verse at some point or another. For a team to score points, all of the children who were chosen to say the verse must say the Scripture correctly. For every child who said the verse correctly, that team will earn 100 points. So if 2 kids said the scriptures, that team will earn 200 points. If any child does not say the verse, the team scores zero points.
Before playing, introduce the lesson as follows:
Who would like to read Proverbs 3: 5-6? (Have a child read the verse.) Trusting in the Lord is often one of the hardest things for a Christian to do. I think the reason for this is found in our verse today in the part where it says “and do not lean on your own understanding.” Instead of trusting God, we believe that we can do it all. We think we know everything and we might wonder if God really is as powerful as He says He is. This is crazy! God is God! He is almighty, almighty and omniscient! There is nothing He cannot do for you that is in accordance with His will for your life. He loves you! That alone is reason enough to trust Him. Here’s another question. With what part of our heart are we supposed to trust God? (Wait for “everyone” response.) That is correct! We are supposed to trust God with all our hearts. Not just half or a little bit. So let’s play a game today to help us learn Proverbs 3: 5-6 and a little more about what it means to trust God. Before we play, let’s say Proverbs 3: 5-6 several times together to help you memorize it as quickly as possible.
At this point, you are ready to play the Bible school activity based on Proverbs 3: 5-6. Have fun!
12 questions to fill in blank:
1. Romans 15:13 says this:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that we can overflow with ___________ if we trust Him. (Wait)
2. Exodus 14:31 says this:
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD deployed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that the people feared the Lord and trusted him and ____________. (Moses)
3. Numbers 20:12 says this:
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to honor me as holy in the eyes of the Israelites, you will not bring this community to the land I give you.”
Fill in the blank: This verse shows how Moses and Aaron did not trust the Lord. Because of this, they would not be allowed to bring ______________ to the land that God was giving them. (community or Israelites)
4. Psalm 4: 5 says this:
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that we should trust the ______________. (Mister)
5. Psalm 9:10 says this:
Those who know your name trust you, because you, LORD, have never abandoned those who seek you.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that people who know God’s _______________ trust the Lord. (Name)
6. Psalm 13: 5 says this:
But I trust your inexhaustible love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse says that your heart rejoices in the _______________ of God. (salvation)
7. Psalm 20: 7 says this:
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Fill in the blank: This verse says that some people trust ______________ rather than the name of the Lord. (horses or chariots)
8. Psalm 22: 4 says this:
In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted and you delivered them.
Fill in the blank: Because the ancestors of Israel put their trust in God, God ________________ them. (delivered)
9. Psalm 25: 2 says this:
I trust you; do not let me be ashamed, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse did not want his ______________ to triumph over him. (enemies)
10. Psalm 31: 6 says this:
I hate those who cling to useless idols; As for me, I trust in the LORD.
Fill in the blank: If we trust the Lord, we will not cling to worthless _______________. (idols)
11. Psalm 33:21 says this:
In him our hearts rejoice, because we trust in his holy name.
Fill in the blank: When we trust the Lord, our hearts ________________. (rejoice)
12. Psalm 40: 3 says this:
He put in my mouth a new song, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and trust him.
Fill in the blank: The author of this verse said that God put a new _____________ in his mouth because he trusted Him.