Hello, friends! Hope you are having a wonderful Lord's Day. It is a sunny and hot day here even though it is early in the day. I am getting myself ready for church. We are having a guest speaker today while our pastor is away. It is our friend that we had lunch with at Joe's birthday. My friend Sharon, his wife, is coming too. I am very excited to see them. Although because it is Father's Day we can't hang out with them after church. Joe and I may go out for lunch -- we aren't sure yet, but I will let you know.
Also, I have today off from teaching. My friend, Kathy (also known as Miss K) is giving me a break so I can hear the message. That was so nice and kind of her.
But I will still give you the lesson. As you read, please remember that it is for pre-schoolers and so is not in great detail. I will give you the reference and you can read the story in the Bible for yourself. Today it is
"God, show me what to do," prayed Joshua. "I am nearing Jericho. How can we conquer the city with those high, high walls?"
God told Joshua what to do. But what a strange command God gave him! Would it really work? Joshua didn't hesitate, he went right to the captains of his army. "God has told me how to conquer Jericho," he said.
When the captains heard what God said, they agreed. "It is very strange, but we will do what God has commanded."
The next day all of the soldiers of Joshua's army lined up. Joshua led the army in a line around the city of Jericho as God commanded. They marched all around the city and they did not say a word There were hundred and hundreds of soldiers and they were all quiet.
For six days the soldiers marched around the city and for six days they were quiet. On the seventh day, Joshua's army marched around the city seven times. Seven times around and not one sound was heard! But then, the trumpets blew and the soldiers yelled as loud as they could.
As all the noise hit the air, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. The soldiers rushed into the city and destroyed it.
The walls fell down because Joshua obeyed God. He was God's child.
-- based on Joshua 5:13 - 6:26
Is it always easy to obey God? No. Definitely not. But should we always obey God? Definitely yes. He made us. He knows us. He loves us and has our best interest at heart. We don't always understand. I would say we don't understand more than we do. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't obey. I find I get myself in trouble when I don't obey. And I'm sure you feel the same way.
That's my thoughts for today. I hope you are enjoying these little lessons. I think I learn more than the kids do. But isn't that how it usually is when you teach?
See you tomorrow.