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This Bible Seeker object lesson is designed to help us see God and know Him through connecting His Word with our everyday surroundings. It's a short & simple Bible lesson that begins with a photo of an everyday object that can remind us of God's truth and His presence throughout our day.
God has placed His identifying marks all over our world and lives to point us to Him! These simple object lessons are hands-on applicable Bible teaching that help connect God's Word to our everyday lives in a real and personal way. They may be used for personal or family devotions or to use with small groups for a children's sermon or Sunday school lesson.
God is a God of surprises, God of the unexpected. We cannot try to put Him in a box.
You may be surprised about this Bible verse if you have never read it in context in your Bible and only heard the hymn.
In context of the Scripture the line - "I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys." is spoken by the young woman, Solomon's bride. Then Solomon replies - "Like a lily among the thorns, So is my darling among the maidens." in verse 2.
The whole book is a love story depicting Christ's love for His Bride, the Church, and His Bride's love for Him.
This young woman stood out among others not only because of her outer beauty, but because of the fragrance and beauty of her life that was changed by his love for her which in return caused her love for him to bloom.
Isn't that what
God's love does in us? He loves us with such a great love in sending
His One and Only Son that our lives may be changed, that we may be
rescued, and in return our love for Him blooms! His beauty becomes
reflected in and through our lives as a flower in full bloom.
In Luke 12:27-28, Jesus speaks of lilies also -
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!"
How often we take God's love for granted. How often we forget how great it is! How often we put Him in a box and forget He can do the unexpected! He can do the impossible!
"And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
God's love changes everything. When Jesus was born, God did the impossible. He stepped out of eternity into time. He took on flesh and became like us. (John 1:14) Then He took our death, our punishment, and died. But on that third day...again the impossible happened...the unexpected...He arose!
Because of the Cross there is a Christmas. Because of His death there is a new birth. Because of the beauty of God's great love for us, there is hope!
Even during winter...look for the flowers. Even though you may be struggling through a very difficult season, look for the beauty of His love. He is there. He is near.
James 4:8 says - "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." But it continues - "Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
Don't let the second half of this verse keep you from the first. Our human pride wants to rise up when His Word refers to us as sinners and needing cleansing. Our human doubt wants us to focus only on the surrounding circumstances and be drawn away from our First Love - Jesus.
The only way to draw near to God though is to first turn around! The word "repent" is not negative! It means there is hope because we can turn around from going the wrong way, away from God, and we can turn back to Him...all because of the Christ Child born on the first Christmas day!
Find His beauty today. Look for Him. He promises that if we seek Him with all our heart, He will be found! (Jeremiah 29:13)
There lies the beauty of His love like an unexpected flower in full bloom - HOPE!
These hands-on ideas for this object lesson will add an extra dimension to use with children either in a family devotion or home-school setting or in a group setting at church.
If you are able, go out and actually look for flowers...maybe pick some wild flowers like I did in the photo above. It is amazing how many there are and all so different, yet God created each unique and special like us! Talk about the beauty we can see in people.
If there are no flowers to be found, look for God's beauty in other things and then relate to the beauty He creates in each of us.
Have each person draw flowers and then show how different they are - again showing how God has created each person special & unique and His great love blooms for each of us!
Listen to or sing the hymn "Lily of the Valley" and talk about the differences that were discussed about the Bible verse and the song lyrics.
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