Lesson – God’s Promise to Abraham

gods promises sunday school lessonDuring today’s blog post, I’m going to share with you a Sunday school lesson that’s perfect for Genesis 12-13, God’s promise to Abraham.

Before beginning, read through Genesis 12-13 with your students.

Lesson Materials

  • Two water bottles for each child, one filled with an inch of water and one filled all the way (can be used bottles, washed and refilled at tap)
  • Blindfold

God Keeps His Promises Lesson

**Note: The teacher’s words are in bold.**

We’re going to discuss how God keep His promises.

Hand out a bottle filled with an inch or two of tap water. Put one down before each child.

Let’s start with a prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for this water. We thank you that it is your will and your promise that your people should not be without enough to drink. We pray that you will give us enough to drink, always. Amen.

How much water is in this bottle?

Let children answer. They may answer in inches, ounces, or may simply say not a lot.

Gee, I’m really thirsty. Is anyone else really thirsty? I’m going to drink my water now. Does anyone else want to?

Drink all your water, and many children will also.

Gee, I’m still thirsty. How many of you are still thirsty?

Some will play along and say they are still thirsty.

God promised us we’d have enough water today. I need more. I know. Let’s put the bottles under this blanket and wait for Him to refill them. If God is capable of all things, then there’s no reason he wouldn’t refill our water jugs. Right?

And while we’re waiting, let’s play the Trust in God Game.

Have all the children form a big circle for this variation of Blind Man’s Bluff. In the center, put one child who is blindfolded and one who isn’t. The one who isn’t blindfolded is The Voice of the Lord.

Have the Voice of the Lord say, “I keep my promises.”

The blindfolded kid must move toward that voice and try to tag the person. Once a student tags the Voice of the Lord, he or she becomes the Voice. Another child is blindfolded, and the former one joins the circle.

The children forming the circle should prevent either party from moving out of it.

Suggestion: The child who finds the Voice of the Lord soonest gets a bottled water.

Bring everyone back to their seats.

God always keeps his promises. But sometimes the voice of the Lord is hard to hear, isn’t it? Sometimes it sounds like He’s over here, when he’s really over there. Sometimes we have trouble getting “in touch” with God’s voice, right?

Think of a time when you asked God for something and you got it. Who can tell something like this that happened to you or someone you know?

(Triggers: To get better from being sick. To get a new bike or toy. To be a better sports player.)

Let’s say that you pray for something and you still haven’t gotten it. Does that mean God didn’t hear you? (some discussion of what this means)

Does that mean He doesn’t love you? (some discussion of what this means)

And sometimes, we ask God for something, and we don’t get it right away. We have to wait. Can you think of a time when you prayed really hard for something and then had to wait to get it?

(Triggers: To get better from being sick. To get a new bike or toy. To be a better sports player.)

Does God promise to always give us what we want? (No.)

Why not? (He promises to give us what will be best for us in the long run. He doesn’t want us to get spoiled. He wants us to think of others as well as ourselves.)

Do you think God wants you to have enough to drink? Because I’m still really thirsty. Shall we look and see if God refilled the water bottles yet?

Pull the blanket off, and (most probably), the water bottles will still be empty.

Oh my! What could this mean? Does it mean God doesn’t want us to have enough water?

Does it mean God doesn’t hear our prayers?

Does it mean He doesn’t love us? (No, and most children will provide some insightful answers to why prayers don’t get answered right away.)

However, God always keeps his promises. Today, we asked him to provide for our thirst. Sometimes we have to be opened to God answering our prayers in a different way than we’re thinking He will. He can always answer better than we think he’s going to.

Go to a hiding place like a cupboard or a closed cardboard box. It should be filled with water bottles filled all the way to the top with water.

As you pass out a water bottle to each child, tell the Abraham story:

God made promises to Abraham, that he would make him the father of a great people and that he would own land from one horizon to the other. He promised that Abraham and his
descendants would not be hungry or thirsty.

But to get that promise, Abraham had to move away from home. He had to go somewhere that he had never been to before and meet new people, some of whom were very scary.

God did not simply drop all the good things on his head.

So it is with God’s promises. We have to do what He wants us to. Sometimes we have to be courageous.

Sometimes we have to wait.

But God always keeps his promises.

Do you think this Sunday school lesson will generate some good discussion amongst your students? Leave your reactions and thoughts in the comments section below.

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