"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
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!
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