This object lesson teaches about what we miss out on when we take shortcuts in reaching God’s will for our life. It uses a maze and the life of David.
o PowerPoint file – “Don’t Take Shortcuts – Maze (You can find this on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com.) Make one copy for each participant. The file also includes answer keys with three different paths. You might want to print one copy of these for your reference.
o Pens or pencils to work the maze. (One per participant)
o A package of gummy fruit for each participant.
o 1 Samuel 16:1, 11-13
o 1 Samuel 24:1-7
o 1 Samuel 26:1-25
o Print copies of the maze for each participant.
o Practice the script.
Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):
- “When we know what God’s will is for our life, we sometimes want to take shortcuts.”
- “David knew God’s will for his life from an early age – maybe from about fifteen years old.” (Have participant read 1 Samuel 16:1, 11-13.)
- “If you knew that God wanted you to be king, you might want to make that happen as fast as possible.”
- “However, David was different.”
- “He didn’t want God’s will for him until God wanted him to have it.”
- “Even though God had Samuel tell David he would be king of Israel some day, David let King Saul chase him around the desert for fifteen years.”
- “David had two opportunities to kill King Saul.” (Have volunteer read 1 Samuel 24:1-7 and then summarize the story from 1 Samuel 26:1-25.)
- “David didn’t kill Saul either time, because he didn’t want God’s will for his life until it was God’s time.”
- “That was smart, because it helped David grow more like God as he waited.”
- “When he was finally made king fifteen years after he was anointed to be king, he was ready!”
- “Let’s do a maze that will help you see what I’m talking about.” (Pass out copies of the maze to each participant. Hand out a package of gummy fruit to each participant, and tell them that they can eat a gummy candy anytime they cross a picture on the maze. Give them 5 minutes to try and solve it. Let them know that the rules are that they can’t cross lines or go over the same space twice. There are three possible solutions (shown in the PowerPoint file). When they finish, debrief with the following questions:
- Why do you think it is better to take the harder path?
- What do you miss if you take the short-cut?
- Why does God want you to be patient and wait for His will for your life?
- Review the Rhyme Time below to reinforce the main message of the lesson.)
It may be a test,
But we should wait for God’s best!