Teaching Kids to
Be Still
Can you hear me now?


"Be still, and know that I am God. . .Ē Psalm 46:10


Props: Two or more noisemakers such as a radio, TV, i-Pod, etc.

Turn on the electronics before children enter the classroom. It should be loud and confusing. Begin talking to them in a normal voice as if you are unaware of the other sounds in the room. If children say they canít hear you, tell them to try harder, not to worry about it, and just listen more closely.

With all the sounds playing, read the following Bible verses: 
Psalm 34:11, 37:7, 46:10, 78:1.

Ask, what do you suppose those verses have in common? (You might allow them to try to answer, that is if they can hear you. Then notice the overwhelming sound, and turn it off.)†

Oh, thatís much better. That was really noisy and annoying! Can you hear me now? Let me read Psalm 46:10 to you again: Be still, and know that I am God.


This verse doesnít say sit still, it says, be still. What do you suppose is the difference? (Receive answers.)

Sitting still has to do with our bodies, but being still has to do with our spirits. When I was talking with all the noises blaring, you could barely hear me. For many of us, thatís how we live our lives. We spend so much time listening to and staring at TV's, music, computers, and other electronics, that it makes it difficult to "hear" God speak to our spirits. We arenít use to stillness; it can make us uncomfortable. 

But if we turn off the noise, and spend time reading Godís Word and praying, then as we go about our day working and playing, the Holy Spirit will speak to us in new ways. And for many of us, we will hear God for the very first time!


Pray: ďDear God, help us to turn off the noise in our lives, to be still, and listen to your voice. May our words and our thoughts be pleasing to you. Amen.Ē

Copyright 2012  S.A. Keith
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This Bible talk is one of the children's sermons in 
It's in the Bag - 52 Bible Talks for Children's Ministry



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