“God you give strength to my heart. You are everything I will ever need.” Psalm 73:26b
This week in CommunityKids, we learned that the Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, “Get the second bull from your father’s herd. Get the one that is seven years old. Tear down the altar your father built in honor of Baal. Cut down the pole that is beside it. The pole is used to worship the goddess of Asherah. Then build the right kind of altar. Build it in honor of the Lord your God. Build it on top of this hill. Then use the wood from the Asherah pole you cut down. Sacrifice the second bull as a burnt offering.” So Gideon went and got ten of his servants. He did just as the Lord had told him. But he was afraid of his family. He was also afraid of the men in the town. So he did everything at night instead of during the day.
Have you ever “put out a fleece” the way Gideon did? Gideon’s faith was weak and he was insecure. The angel of God had already visited him and promised him that God would help him. God knew that Gideon needed to learn to trust Him. So God graciously answered Gideon’s prayer, not once, but twice! There may be times in our lives when we need to know definitively if God is really asking us to do something for Him. We can pray and ask for a sign or pray for something more specific, like Gideon did. Have faith and confidence that God will answer you. Remember, God heard Gideon pray and God hears you pray, too!
Here are some ideas for you to do with your children at home or at Community Groups.
Take a break and surround yourself and your child with a few soft, fluffy pillows. Read the story of Gideon together ( Judges 6:25-40). Describe the fleece in the story so your child knows it is the soft, fluffy hair from a sheep. Pretend your pillows are soft, fluffy sheep and rest together.
Make a fleece picture with cotton balls. Write out a prayer on a piece of paper and decorate it with a border of soft cotton balls. Talk about the prayer that Gideon prayed. God heard Gideon pray. God hears you pray, too.
Gideon obeyed God by building an alter to the real, true God. Have fun by using pretzel sticks and mini-marshmallows to build little altar structures. Talk with your child about what an alter is. An alter is a special place to worship God. Say a prayer, then enjoy your “altar” snack together.
God heard Gideon pray and He hears us pray, too. Ask your child: “What would you like to pray to God about today?” Spend some time praying together with your child. End your prayer time by saying the memory verse out loud to God.