For our Bible study lessons on Isaiah we’re going to talk about good fear and bad fear. We’ll be using a list of the six biggest fears of kids given by doctors. Pick one that you have felt and draw a picture of you having that fear. Later on we’ll talk about whether this is a good fear or a bad fear.(Teacher words in bold.)
Bible Study Lesson: “Prophet Isaiah and Fears” – Exploring good fears and bad fears
Have children draw a picture of the fear they battle. Write I FEAR at the top.
Six Biggest Fears of Kids According to Some Surveys:
– Getting in trouble
– Being alone
– The dark
– Getting punched or kicked
– Falling off bike
– Dogs and getting bit
Work with the childrens I FEAR pictures from the activity. Help them understand the difference between a GOOD FEAR and a NOT SO GOOD FEAR:
A GOOD FEAR will protect you from getting injured. A NOT SO GOOD FEAR can get you in trouble. Let’s look at the picture you drew and try to see how the fear you show can be good fear or bad fear.
Have each child bring his picture to the front. Use the prompts below to see how you might help the children see that fear. You can use the suggestions below if the children picked any of the prompts or just use them as a guide in explaining good and bad fear. Go over the ones the children did not draw after you’re finished with their drawings.
– Getting in trouble – Getting in trouble is a good fear if it keeps you out of trouble – away from things your parents, teachers or principal might not approve of. It’s a bad fear if it makes you sneaky. You want always to be honest.
– Being alone – Fear of being alone generally means you feel unsafe in the universe. That is a fear you need to work to change with the Lord’s help. If you are never alone, you can’t experience imagination and all the wonderful places your own mind can take you. You won’t be able to feel the presence of the Lord come down to love on you because that happens most often when you are alone.
– The dark – First, we need to understand that the love of God is brighter than any darkness. Being alone in the dark gives us a chance to experience that. We can sense things more closely when our sight has been cut back. It’s a very fun exercise to call upon God in the dark and feel His closeness and his angels’ closeness also. Still, it helps us to remember that there’s nothing in the dark that’s not there in the light.
– Getting punched or kicked – Fear of pain can be a good thing or bad thing. You never want to start a fight. But you don’t want to give up your “right to be right and do right” due to fear of pain.
– Falling off bike – Fear of skinning your knees is another fear of pain, and it can be a good thing or a bad thing. You can use it to learn to ride your bike slowly and properly – and use knee pads at first or training wheels. That kind of fear becomes a bad thing if it prevents you from reaching out into our beautiful world – from learning to ride a bike until you’re older.
– Dogs and getting bitten – It’s good to listen to your fears about animals until you know the rules – like never run from a dog and never put your face in a dog’s face. However, dogs can be loving, loyal friends to you, and you don’t want to lose out on a great friend due to fear.