Faith: it’s invisible. So how do we explain it?
In trying to teach Sunday School I’m always looking for new and fresh ways to explain difficult subjects easily. And nothing seems to work better than an object lesson.
Faith….It’s defined as “complete trust or confidence in something or someone”.
When the Bible talks about faith in God it means that we have put all our confidence and hope in Him. I’ve read and seen object lessons on this idea of faith before.
For instance, sitting down in a chair.
When you sit in a chair for the first time you are showing faith that the chair will hold you. Until you are safely seated you don’t know for sure if the chair is going to hold you.
This is an example of faith. But it’s not my favorite.
We sit in chairs all the time. It doesn’t seem to take that much faith for us to sit down in a chair. Yes, it technically is faith, but I want a better, stronger, example.
The power of faith is that we obey even when we cannot see the end. We have to act and believe that God will take care of us, even though we can’t see what He’s up to or where He is taking us.
That’s why I think this is a better illustration:
Find a helper in your class and bring them to the front. I’d suggest asking for someone that is ‘brave’. You don’t want someone shy to help you with this.
Have them stand to one side of you and pull out a blindfold that the kids haven’t seen before. (it works well to not let them anticipate what is going to happen)
Explain to the class that you are demonstrating what faith is like. Faith is not being able to see (like your helper can’t see). Faith is listening to God and trusting Him that He will help you and lead you where you should go.
This is what you are going to do with your helper, who is now blindfolded.
First, spin them around a few times so that they are now disoriented and don’t know which way is safe to walk.
Then, give the blindfolded kid instructions where to walk as she makes her way across the room. Give her instructions every once in a while so it looks like she might run into something, but when she gets close have her turn and avoid running into anything.
The object here is to have everybody watching a little worried whether or not your helper is going to make it without falling down or running into something.
As your helper nears the other side of the room tell her that when you give the command you want her to sit down. She is not allowed to feel if there is anything to sit on, she just has to have faith and sit down.
As you are explaining this very quietly bring out a chair or stool and position it so she will be able to sit in it. Cue your audience not to make any noise. Remember, when your helper started there was no chair to sit, she doesn’t know if there will be a chair when she sits down.
Lastly tell your helper to sit down. When she is safely seated in the chair take off the blindfold and have everyone give her a big hand.
I’d also suggest giving her a small prize. Maybe a little gift card or something. Surprise her and the class with this reward. This will add a little drama to the end and subtly encourage all the kids to have a little more faith!
As you wrap this object lesson up explain that just like your helper had to listen for instructions to know what to do, that we have to do the same thing.
When God says “honor your father and mother” we have to trust Him that He knows what ‘s best even if you’re parents aren’t always perfect! When God says to “love your enemies” we have to have faith in him that he knows what is best.
When we read what God asks us to do in the Bible we have to trust Him that He knows what’s best. Even when we can’t see the end result.
Trust, or faith, is not being able to see but trusting the One who can.
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