Scripture: I Kings 1-3, I Chronicles 29 and 2 Chronicles 1
- Students will learn it is important to seek godly wisdom over material things.
- Students will learn sometimes God will also choose to bless us with material things, but God is more concerned we have godly wisdom.
- Students will learn the importance of using wisdom in tough scenarios.
Guiding Question: How can students learn the importance of wisdom?
Materials: None needed
Procedure: Teach the story of Solomon from the scriptures above. Explain that one of the characteristics of a godly servant leader is wisdom. Why would a king like Solomon need wisdom? Give students scenarios Solomon faced in his lifetime and other scenarios that might have been common situations for rulers in that time period.
Give students various real world scenarios depicting choices they may have to make. Have students share what they would do in those situations. Encourage students to ask questions (in some cases, adults may need to ask additional questions to reveal the true complexity of the problem.) that might reveal why their answers might not be the wisest choice. After they have struggled with several scenarios, discuss why Solomon might have asked for wisdom and how wisdom could have helped him as King. (Note that even though Solomon was granted wisdom, he did not always make wise choices. Your wisdom is useless if you don’t use it.)
Additional Questions: How can students learn to use wisdom in tough daily situations?
Supplemental Activity: Have students brainstorm how to turn to God for wisdom in tough situations they may face in school, with friends, or with family. Examples: argument with friend, temptation to cheat on a test, opportunity to lie to family about something you did wrong