Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (1 Kings 6-8)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Solomon, God’s People, and God.)
What are the main story beats? (Solomon was chosen by God to build the temple that his father David attempted to build, God blessed the temple and Solomon, the ark was placed in the temple.)
What’s the main point? (God chose Solomon to build the temple where He would dwell with His people.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God will bless us when we honor him. Solomon honored God and led his people the right way. God blessed him because of it.
God, we thank you for the many ways that you bless us. We thank you for how you blessed the work of Solomon. We pray that we can honor you with our actions like Solomon did. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Solomon Built the Temple)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God chose Solomon to build the temple where He would dwell with His people.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
Why was David not allowed to build the temple?
How long did it take to build the temple?
Why was it so important that the ark of the covenant was moved into the temple?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God has called us to honor him with our actions. We know wisdom comes from God and we should praise his name because of that.
RELATE to them.
God wants to be with his children. Solomon built a temple to bring his people closer to himself. We can become closer to God by reading his word and worshipping him.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.