Lesson Learned:  When we worry, we aren’t trusting God.

Materials Needed:  3 glass jars, oil, water, food coloring

Bible Verse:
Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:34
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalm 3:3-4
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
   dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.  
Talking Points: God tells us many times in the Bible to trust Him and not to worry.  Worrying does us no good.  God also tells us to trust Him because God always does what He says He’s going to.  He says He will protect us and keep us safe.  He will always provide for us and love us.  We need to trust Him when He says this.  When we worry about things or feel afraid of something, we aren’t trusting God.  We can’t be full of worry and trust at the same time; they just don’t mix.

Questions:  Does God always do what He says He will? Who is someone in your life that you trust?  Why do you trust them?  

(adapted from Tony Krummer’s Children’s Ministry Object Lesson: http://ministry-to-children.com/worry-and-trust-object-lesson/)

Step 1: Tell the child that oil is like worry and pour it into a container.
Step 2: Tell the child that the water represents trust and pour it in to the container.  Add a few drops of food coloring so the child can see it better.
Step 3:  Pour the water and oil into the third container and shake it up.
Step 4: As the oil and water seperate, explain to the child that oil (worry) and water (trust), don’t mix.  We can’t be full of worry and be full of trust for God at the same time.

Prayer:  Dear God, please help us not to worry today about anything. We know You are in control and You will take care of us. Amen!

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