August 22, 2021
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Wisdom—Finding out what you should do and doing it
If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.
James 1:5, NIrV
Rehoboam Listens to Fools
2 Chronicles 10 (supporting: Proverbs 13:20)
Hang out with wise people.
In week four, we head to 2 Chronicles 10 and discover what happens with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When he took over as king over Israel, the people pleaded with him to make their lives easier. Rehoboam received counsel on both sides of this issue, but rather than acting on the advice of his father’s advisers; he acts on the foolish advice of his friends. This ends up causing a split in the nation of Israel, creating Israel and Judah.
Bottom Line: Hang out with wise people. It’s been said we are sum total of our five closest friends. Who we choose to spend our time with influences not only choices but who we are. We pray that kids learn that when they surround themselves with wise friends, they will be more likely to make wise choices throughout every area of their life.
Message to Parents
You and your family go out to dinner to enjoy some quality time and food together (I know it sounds like we’re setting you up for a joke but keep reading). Then it happens, you feel it…the tensions begin to build in your kids, and for one reason or another, they have a massive breakdown in the middle of everything causing every eye to focus on you and your child. What do you do in this situation? Here’s some tips on how to avoid the breakdown before it happens…
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, your cell phone and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it.
Say to them, “Have you ever watched a chipmunk in the park or your backyard preparing for winter? Chipmunks hoard food placing it in shallow holes and covering it up. They do this to prepare for the cold winter. They’ll have access to food. They store the food so they won’t starve later on.”
Now follow up with, “Did you know that you can hoard or store up wisdom? It’s true! You can stack it up, adding more knowledge and understanding as you learn and grow and follow God each day. All that wisdom will help you make decisions that lead you in the right direction.”
Read Proverbs 10:14 with your kids.
End with this, “One way to protect all that knowledge is to hang out with wise people! After all, if the people you spend the most time with are storing up their knowledge and understanding, it just makes sense that all that wisdom will rub off on you too.”
Pray with your kids that God’s wisdom is stored up in them by the amazing friends and family you surround yourselves with!
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