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Baking a cake can teach a powerful object lesson for kids. Let's face it, bad things happen in life. We live in a world tainted by sin. But the good news is that God can use both the good and the bad, "all things", to work together for our good when we trust Him!
Topic: When bad things happen, trust God.
Title: Let God do the Baking!
Objects: Ingredients for a cake & an already baked cake or cupcakes...this could also be done with cookies or brownies!
Bible Verse: Romans 8:28 - "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
Key Takeaway: God can even use even the bad times in our lives for good.
How many of you like to eat cake?
Why? (Possible answers may include: it's sweet, tastes good, etc.)
Do any of you know what things go into a cake? [Give time for them to guess.]
Then all these things must be good - right?
Would you ever consider eating the ingredients of a cake separately?
A spoon of flour?
A raw egg?
A little oil? [Allow children to taste a little salt, oil or cocoa. Of course...not the raw egg; we sure don't want someone to possibly get sick!]
How did each taste? ...Yuck! What would happen if we decided to just leave these out of the recipe since they taste yucky? Do you think the cake would turn out as it should? Even the things that don't taste good by themselves have a purpose in the overall cake.
Of course there is the sugar too - yum! :) Let each taste a bit of sugar; it will help get the "yucky" taste out.
Show them the already baked cake or cupcakes.
Life can be a lot like a cake! Separately there are some bitter times, some raw or hurtful times, and some dry, bland times.
Help them think of some "not-so-good" or tough times they have experienced or others may have experienced. Depending on the ages, it may be anything from a skinned knee to the loss of a loved one. Share something from your own life too. Remember your life is a wonderful living example for them!
But there are also the good times! Take a few minutes and have them think of some "good times" - birthday celebrations, new baby brother or sister, a vacation, a good meal, etc.
Some of the cake ingredients by themselves didn't taste very good, but when everything is mixed together we have a delicious cake to eat!
God is able to blend the good and the bad experiences in our lives together for our good. All together they create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty!
Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
Depending on their ages, you can discuss more in detail how God has used some negative or tough times in your own life to bring about good.
The Bible is also full of some great examples!
No - all things are not good, but in God's hands they can be mixed and blended along with the good into a beautiful creation. It's during the bad times that we see how BIG our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!
[Now let them taste a piece of baked cake.]
Discuss how even though the ingredients that did not taste good alone, were all necessary for the cake to taste good in the end.
This Christian object lesson is a fun way to explain a difficult life lesson.
Take time to thank God in prayer for the good times in life and the difficult. Allow students to share any needs they would like you to pray for with them.
© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart
This lesson is also formatted as an object lesson for adults.
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