In August, the elementary kids are learning about Wisdom (finding out what you should do and doing it).  Our lessons for the month are:

Week 1 (August 2):
We will look at 1 Kings 3:4-15 and discover one of the wisest men who ever lived:  Solomon. As Solomon got ready to take on the weight of leading a nation, he had an incredible dream. God came to him and asked, “What is it that I can give you?  If I could give you anything, what is it that you would choose?” And Solomon picked wisdom.

Bottom Line:  If you want to be wise, ask God for wisdom. Jesus’ brother, James, reminded the early church of this in his letter. He said, “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you.” Wisdom comes from God, and we want our kids to know if they want wisdom, they can ask God for it.

Week 2 (August 9):
We will look at what happens when you listen to foolish people and take their advice. In 1 Kings 12:1-15, we’ll see what happened with one of Solomon’s sons, named Rehoboam. He was a young man who disregarded and ignored the advice of his elders.  Instead, he listened to his peers and friends.  The consequences were devastating.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:20: “Walk with wise people and become wise. A companion of foolish people suffers harm.” We hope kids realize that they will become like the people they hang around with most. Choosing good friends is a great way to show wisdom.

Week 3 (August 16):
Family Fun Day at Ralston Park 

Week 4 (August 23):
We will look at Proverbs 22:3. “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.” We don’t want children to simply think about what’s right and wrong; rather, we want them to understand what is wise. Wisdom is connected to the words given to them by a loving God, who has their best interest in mind.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. When you tiptoe closer to that line between right and wrong you end up in trouble. Instead, wisdom tells you to back away from danger and run in the opposite direction.

Week 5 (August 30):
We’ll wrap up our month by reminding children that wisdom not only comes from God, but it is also about seeing life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this firsthand. The Bible says, in Luke 2:52, that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. We’ll dig deeper into some of the wisdom that Jesus shared with his disciples and discover how we can put it into practice.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, find out what Jesus said. When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say, “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him, they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices, regardless of the circumstances. 

Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of August in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Proverbs 8:11).  Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.