Lesson Learned: God is very wise.

Materials Needed:  rocks, yellow or gold paint, paint brush, newspaper

Bible Verse:
Job 28:1-2
 1 There is a mine for silver
   and a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the earth,
   and copper is smelted from ore.

Job 28:12-13
 12 But where can wisdom be found?
   Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
   it cannot be found in the land of the living.  

Job 28:24-28
23 God understands the way to it
   and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
   and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
   and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
   and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
   he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
   “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
   and to shun evil is understanding.”  

Talking Points:  Did you know that gold is considered very special to some people? Some people pay lots of money for gold and want to wear it in necklaces around their neck or rings on their fingers.  Gold is buried in the ground, deep in something called mines and it can be hard to find.  But if people look long enough, they can find it. No one, however, can ever find the wisdom of God.  God knows more than we will ever, ever know and we will never fully understand everything about God.  God is very, very wise.

Questions:  Do your mom or dad own anything that is gold? Do you know that the gold had to mined out of the ground?  Do you want to go on a gold hunt? (hopefully the answer is yes for the activity!)

Digging for Gold
Before you begin the devotional reading, collect some rocks with the child and paint them yellow.  Then, hide the rocks inside a sandbox or dirt pile outside (if it’s cold, you could bury them in a container full of rice or beans).  After you are done reading the verses, have the child dig and find the gold nuggets.

Prayer:  Wise and powerful God, You know more than we will ever know. You are more wise than we can even imagine.  Thank You for creating us in Your wisdom and bringing us together as a family. Amen!

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