Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 14, God Sees Our Heart

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 

Symbol: oil horn

Reading: God has a plan for you. Even when we are young, God sees into our hearts and knows what kind of people we are and what kind of people we will be.
Most of the grown-ups who saw David thought he was just a kid who tended the sheep, but while David was still a child God chose him to be a king. God's servant Samuel poured oil on David's head and anointed him as the future king of Israel.
God has a plan for each of us. Not many of us will be rulers, but each of us can serve God in important ways. It's important to listen for God's call and to find ways to honor God in our lives.

Talk about: How can you honor God in your life? 

Prayer: God of wisdom, guide us to serve you.

Activity: Wrap a surprise for your children in one small box. Use plain, boring, even dirty paper. Then, wrap a really big box with nothing in it. Make this box pretty and flashy. Put both in front of the kids and ask which one they want to open. Let them open both. Talk about how we look at the outside but God looks at the inside. He picked David because of David’s heart. 

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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