Denise Day Spencer

October 1, 2006

Children’s sermon: History and God

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 9:36 pm

Another object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 90:4

OBJECT: a time line of an imaginary person’s life

Today I want us to talk about history. History is a record of things that have happened in the past. In school you will study history. It’s important to know what things have happened in the past, both in our country and in the world. History also studies why and how those things happened.

I want us to think right now about history and God. God started our history when He created our world. All through the Bible we can see God’s hand directing history. For instance, He led Joseph to Egypt and made a great nation through Joseph’s family. Then He allowed those people to become slaves, but He didn’t leave them alone. God delivered them from their slavery and took them to the promised land.

We experience history by moving through time–yesterday, today, tomorrow and so on. I brought along a time line of a make-believe person’s life. Let’s call our person “Sam.” You can see here where Sam is born. Sam starts kindergarten and goes all through school. Here he graduates from high school and goes to college. He gets a job. Look! Here Sam gets married and has three children, one by one. Sam works for many years until he retires. Finally Sam dies and his time line ends.

It’s not like that with God. He doesn’t have to move through time like we do. He doesn’t have to wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow or the next day.  The Bible says that a thousand years to God are just like a day, or just like a few hours. Isn’t that amazing?

Imagine that this time line is your life. While you are moving through history, God is outside history, outside time itself. We don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen in the future, because God is already there.

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