The words of God are more valuable than gold and silver. They are more valuable than the things you do, the friends you keep, and the joys you have in life. We need to make sure we spend time reading the Word of God in order to learn and keep the treasures found in God’s Word.
Proverbs 2:1-5 tell us, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding, If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
Before the children arrive, hide a bag of candy and change in the classroom. As the class starts, tell them that they are going to go on a treasure hunt to find the bag in the class. If necessary, give them hints to find the “treasure” and then have them sit down after the bag is found.
“Kids, the Word of God is more valuable than any treasure we can find in life. The Bible is God speaking directly to each and every one of us. This gives us a direct connection to the mind of God. He wants us to value His Word and search for it just like you did for the bag of treasure today.”
“God’s Word tells us that to get these treasures, we have to do a few things. We have to receive what the Bible says. We have to cry out (pray and ask God) for knowledge found in the Bible. Lastly, we have to search it out. This means we are to read the Bible with purpose and with a mind to find the truths God wants to reveal to us trough His Word.”
Just as some treasures have a map, there is a path (or map) to the treasures of Gods Word:
1) Read and Receive the Words of God – When our hearts are prepared and open to the Word of God, the Words of God act as a seed and grow in our hearts. As we keep our hearts pure the treasures found in God’s Word grow. Acts 17:11 – “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The main scripture of this lesson, in verse 2 of Proverbs 2, tells us to “…incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.”
2) Hide the Words of God In Your Heart – God wants us to memorize Bible verses so we have them in our heart. Psalms 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
3) Pray Over the Words of God – Verse 3 in our scripture tells us, “…if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding…” God wants us to pray to him and ask Him for the ability to understand His Word and to study the Bible. Earthly wisdom is gained by study. Heavenly wisdom is gained by adding prayer where a person asks God for wisdom.
4) Diligently Seek – Kids, we are to seek biblical wisdom like we would gold and silver. We are to look for it just as we did during today’s treasure hunt. That is how God wants us to look for His wisdom in the Bible. God wants us to study the Bible as if we were digging for treasure. God also wants us to keep studying the Bible until we discover the whole truth.
What does God promise us if we search and study truths found in His Word?
1) He allows us to discover who He is.
2) He helps us grow in our knowledge of the Bible so that we can be better Christians and help others grow in His knowledge, too.
3) He also gives us His protection. Proverbs 2:7-9 tell us, “He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:; he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
Place great value on the Word of God.