"Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
lean not on your own understanding."
Starting this coming weekend, we will have a two-week series on God is Sovereign in our Preschool programming, using the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). Along with teaching children the truth that God is in control, we also want to exhort our leaders to trust in His sovereignty. Below is our Leader Prep material for these lessons:
One of the greatest desires we face is the desire for security and control. We want to minimize risk and be assured of the outcome before we launch into a new endeavor. We want to solve our own problems instead of giving them over to someone else. But the life that God calls us to is one that often seems very costly and is full of unknowns.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:1-30). To most of us (if we're honest), these 3 men seem foolish, if not insane. But in God's eyes, these men were living out their faith in His sovereign will. They were demonstrating the total surrender that is required in order to follow God. While they were uncertain of the outcome, these 3 men were certain that their God was in control and that they could trust in Him.
We may not be facing a fiery furnace, but there are still lots of areas of uncertainty in our lives today -- worries about money, health, our families, etc. And in the face of those uncertainties, God calls us to trust and worship Him. He doesn't offer detailed answers of how and when our problems will be solved. He only offers Himself. And while that may not seem like a lot,remember that Christ laid down His life for you -- He left all the glory and comfort of Heaven so that you could have the assurance of eternal life. Your security is not in what you can do to protect and provide for yourself, but in what Christ has already done for you.
As you prepare to share this lesson with your children, think of areas in your own life that you may need to trust in God. Are you looking for answers and solutions, or are you trusting in God's sovereign plan? Ask Him to give you the courage to trust in Him instead of relying on "your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5) of your current circumstances.
See more of our upcoming Preschool series on our website.