“Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
To trust in God is a command that must be communicated to our children. They must learn to follow the God’s Lord’s way, the right way and the best way to live. Young children will learn to trust God by first learning they can trust you. They need to know that you will be there, you will provide for them, and you will keep your word. By example, they will learn to trust and to be trustworthy.
2 Samuel 7:28 Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy...
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD.
Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
The children in your care are learning about trust from you, you are the one that comes when they cry, that changes their diaper, the one that feeds them. You are the one that provides warm consistent care and a safe environment… You are the one that helps them cope with the stress of separation from their parent or caregiver.
Read Daniel 6. Share how Daniel trusted God eventhough he was facing death.
Read Acts 9:10-16. Share how Ananias trusted God eventhough he feared Saul because he knew how Paul had persecuted Christians.
Read I Kings 18. Share how Elijah trusted God to perform the miracles that he needed.
Thank God for what he made.
Love and worship God.
"The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid." Psalms 118:6, NIV.
We serve others out of love.
Young children will learn to trust God by first learning they can trust you. They need to know that you will be there, you will provide for them, and you will keep your word. By example, they will learn to trust and to be trustworthy.
- Build a small structure with toothpicks on a smooth rock, then try to build the same structure on sand. Share bible texts that compare God to being like a rock (Psalm 18:2); Discuss how this relates to trust.
- Plant a small garden. Discuss all that is needed to make the plant/vegetable/fruit grow (water, sunshine, time, soil, etc). Then ask your child if they believe the plant will grow from the seed eventhough they can’t see it the plant. Discuss how we can trust God and His promises event hough we can’t see Him.
Young children will learn to trust God by first learning they can trust you.
Adventist History – Ellen G. White Trusts in God
Do you like to go outside? Do you like to ride in a buggy or a wagon? Well, I know a lady who loved – just loved – to go for a buggy ride every day! Her name was Ellen, and every day, cold or hot, she would get into a buggy that was pulled by a horse and go for a ride. She loved the warm sunshine. She loved the fresh air. She would close her eyes and breathe deeply; can you do that? Can you close your eyes and breathe deeply? I think, we should find some sunshine today (either outside or through a window); then we can close our eyes, feel its warmth and breathe fresh air deep into our lungs – just like Mrs. Ellen used to do. Mrs. Ellen loved and trusted God more than anything. She knew that although she couldn’t see Him or touch Him, she knew that He was there. She trusted God because when she prayed He answered her prayers.
Adventist History – Joseph Bates
When Joseph was a boy he lived by the sea. He loved sailboats and he loved to watch them sail on the water. He couldn’t wait to grow up and sail on a big boat. Big boats are called ships. Joseph learned all he could about sailboats and ships. He learned how to take care of them, how to steer them, how to be safe on them. He learned that at night when it is dark, ship captains look up at the stars. Joseph wanted to know why they look up at the stars? He learned that the stars help the ship captains know where to sail their ship. He learned that when God made the stars He put them up in a special place in the sky. When Joseph grew up to be a big man he became a ship captain. He was called Captain Joseph Bates. He trusted God to keep Him safe and to guide him. He loved God and thanked Him for making the wind that made his ship go across the water. He thanked God for making the stars that guided him at night.
Make wind chimes with the students.
Beforehand, gather objects that will make a nice sound when the wind blows, such as shells. Poke holes in each shell so that the children can then pull a piece of string or nylon thread through each hole, and tie a knot. Next, find a colorful plastic lid or a piece of driftwood to serve as the top of the wind chime. Poke holes through the top, and pull the pieces of string or nylon thread through the holes, tying a knot at each end. Finally, punch two holes in the center of the top, and loop a piece of string through the holes. Tie another knot, and hang your wind chime from a nail or the branch of a tree. Then have a conversation with the children about how a wind chime works. Then ask questions such as can we see the wind? How do we know that it’s blowing? Then share with them that although we can’t see God, just like the wind, we know that He is there because we can feel Him.