This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Isaiah 29) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The 12 tribes of Israel had been divided. 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south (Judah was one of these). Even the tribe of Judah had turned their backs on God and were facing extinction by the cruel Assyrians. In the first 39 chapters are recorded a series of messages that Isaiah preaches over 40 years, to warn the Jews to turn away from their sin and to receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
Have you ever complained about how God made you? Do you wish you were taller or shorter, thinner or bigger, smarter, better looking, richer, etc.? Get in line. Isaiah’s congregation struggled with the same things. Let’s see what the Lord told Isaiah to tell them.
Ask the children…
What example does the Lord use to illustrate that is is foolish to think that we know better than He does how to run our lives?
“How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay.” (Isaiah 29:16)
How should a pot respond to the one who created it?
“Should the created thing say of the one who made it, ‘He didn’t make me’? Does a jar ever say, ‘The potter who made me is stupid’?” (Isaiah 29:16)
We often think we know what is better for our lives than God does. God’s people have often thought the same thing. But for thousands of years they have found out the same thing you will if you think that way, YOU ARE WRONG! Only the potter knows what is best for the pot.
Ask your children things about themselves they wish were different? Now compare that thinking to this passage. Spend some time thanking God for all the things that He has given to you. Let the pot praise the potter.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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