Listening to God
Listening to God
Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:20 "No matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ."
Props: Two cell phones
There are times in our lives when God call us! (Cell phone will ring) Do we mean one day on the telephone? Maybe, we hear a knock at our door one day, and when we open the door God is standing there. It could be when we are sitting in class taking a math test. Normally, this is not how God works. God will impress on our hearts by a strong inward impression that we are to do something special for Him. He may tell us though some others that we are to do something for Him, or as we read our Bibles. This will only happen if we are listening and hear His voice. Sometimes, we are too busy to hear what He has to tell us, and He cannot call us because we are not listening.
One day, there was a woman named Hannah who did not have a child of her own. She prayed earnestly and told God that if He would give her a baby, she would give the baby back to Him to serve in the church. So God allowed Hannah to have a baby whom she named Samuel. Baby Samuel grew into a big boy and Hannah remembered her promise to God. It is important that we keep our promises to God if we make them. This make Him well pleased with us. One day, Hannah took Samuel, who was a big boy now, to the church so he could live there and be trained to serve God. It would be like going to live at a boarding school instead of riding the school bus to attend public school every day. Samuel would receive instruction in the Bible and learn more about God. One day when Samuel lying in bed, he heard a voice calling his name. This happened two times and was very strange to Samuel. He went to see if his friend Eli was calling him. Eli realized it was God speaking to him. When God called Samuel the third time he said “…Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…” Samuel 1:9. God told him that he had a special message for him to deliver. Samuel eventually grew up to be a great judge whom God used mightily to serve the people.
If we will listen to God, He will use us to be a witness to others and serve in the church. Sometimes, people run from God and shut their ears because they do not want to hear what He has to tell them. They want to live their life to please themselves. This is very sad and will cause us to be unhappy until we yield to what God’s will is for our lives. Remember, be listening to Him so you do not miss His call for YOUR life.
Practical Application: Have the kids sit in a circle and play “telephone game”. Whisper in one ear a sentence about the lesson. They whisper it in the next ear and so on. See if the message is the same. If the message is wrong, tell them how important it is that we listen and how Samuel listened to God and was able to hear an important message. God will use us, too if we will listen and be willing to obey.
Questions for Discussion:
1. In what ways do we show that we are listening to God? (You many need to give some prompts)
2. How does God show us that He wants us to do something for Him?
3. How did God answer Hannah's prayer?
4. How did Hannah obey God?
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