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40 days of Wisdom – Treasure

Read Proverbs 2: 1-11

Parents: What do you treasure? What do you turn your ear to (listening), call out for (speak), cry aloud for (desire), look for (fill your eyes with), search for (make your goals)? Teaching must have a goal.  Modern educational theory sees knowledge (cognitive skills), attitudes (affective skills), and abilities (psychomotor skills) as the goals of teaching. In Proverbs, the goal of teaching is faith, character, and wise living.

Are we talking about these things in our home? Do allow our children to see our wise and unwise decisions or are we afraid to show them our mistakes? How will we model wisdom if we do not show both sides of our decisions? Do we allow our children to feel the effects of unwise choices and attitudes or let them slide by without this necessary step in developing character?

The focus of the world values modern educational theory over the goal of proverbs. Both developmental paths are needed to create whole and healthy families. Use Lent to pray about wisdom pursuing both paths as a family. Commit to concentrating on building wisdom as a family together.

High School: Read Proverbs together and discuss the following questions. Pray aloud with each other. This is very difficult for families to do and makes people very nervous. Start simple by learning to pray Bible verses. Try to divide verses 1-11 up among your family to pray aloud. Have each member read through their verses and inset their own name whenever it says you, your, my son, the upright, those who’s walk is blameless, the just and the faithful ones. Commit to praying those verses out loud as a family three more times during Lent.

Discussion Questions:
1. Verses 1-4 tell us different things we must do. What do verses 1 and 2 say we should do? (accept his word, store up his commands within us, turn our ear to wisdom, apply our heart to understanding)

2. What does verse 3 say we should do? (call out for insight, cry aloud for understanding)

3. Finally, what does verse 4 say we should do? (look for it as for silver, search for it as for hidden treasure.)

4. As the verses progressed, the things we need to do seemed to get more difficult and require us to be more passionate and give more of ourselves. Did you notice that pattern? Do you think it is hard or easy to search for something as for gold? What does that mean to you (Allow the kids time to answer each question, especially the last one.)

5. What will happen when we are able to search for wisdom the way this proverb describes? (Hint: verse 5) (we will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.)

6. Where does wisdom come from? (Wisdom comes from the Lord. Only he can give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding)

Middle School:

(Hold up the stack of computer paper.) Our lives can be compared to this stack of computer paper. (Set the stack down and pick up a single sheet of paper.) Each sheet of paper is like a brand new day. There are many things we can do with it. We could be artistic and create a beautiful picture. We could write a breathtaking adventure story that has readers on the edge of their seats. Or perhaps we could be inventive and create something brand new like the Wright brothers did so many years ago when they invented the airplane. (Take a sheet of paper, fold it into a paper airplane and sail it across the room.) We could also let anger or frustration get the best of us and ruin the day completely. (Crumple a sheet of paper into a ball and toss it into the trash.) Each sheet of paper can be combined into chapters, the chapters into a book, and the book into volumes. God graciously gives us the choice on what we will do with each day. We must include God in our daily activities if we are going to use each day to its full potential. Even bad days can turn out good when we keep God in the picture. We can do this by reading his word. Read Proverbs 2:1-11. Talk about how learning what is in God’s word can help us in everyday life.

Elementary:

Collect several different types of maps online, from the phone book, and travel resources.  Types of maps could include maps of zoos, amusement parks and maybe even a treasure map that is cartoonish in nature. As the kids arrive ask them to find special places on the map. Ask them how they could find their way to a place they have never been before. Talk about the importance of having a good map.

Make a treasure map highlighting various areas in your house or neighborhood. The treasure will be a plate of cookies or another type of treat. Let the kids help read the map. Build anticipation as much as possible by making comments about the treasure you hope to find. Help the kids find the treasure and then thank God for the bounty.

As the kids enjoy the treat, talk about maps and how they help us get to places we have never been before. As the kids finish their snack, excitedly tell them that God’s word the Bible will help us get to a place that we have never been before, heaven! God’s word also helps us follow God’s map for our lives everyday that we are on earth. It is a treasure itself. Read Proverbs 2:1-11 as a family. There are very good translations for kids to be found in the Adventure Bible and the New International Readers Version Bible.

Preschool

You will put a sack of gold coins in an unmarked brown bag and hide it somewhere in your house where it will take the kids a while to find it. Inform the children that you have hidden chocolate gold coins (you can use pennies also) somewhere in the room. Let the children know that if someone finds the gold coins, the treat is to be shared. Allow the kids to look for the sack of gold. If the kids can’t find the chocolate within 5 minutes or if they ask for help, you can give them clues. The longer they look for the gold, the more this lesson will impact them! Once the kids have found the chocolate coins, ask them the following questions before giving them the chocolate.

1. Was it hard to find the chocolate coins?
2. Did you get frustrated when you could not find them?
3. Was it easier when you asked for help and I gave you hints?

The only way to get the wisdom we want is by searching for it like we searched for our hidden chocolate coins! We have to really look for it, and even ask for help in finding that treasure we are looking for! It will be difficult, but the rewards will be well worth it! Read to them Proverbs 2:4-6.

You can make a treasure map that includes one space for each day of Lent. Have kids put coin stickers on each space as the day passes until Good Friday and Easter. You can have them color a Cross and a Tomb for those days. See ideas for Lent activity calenders at this website Crafts for Lent for Kids.