Word – God’s Treasure Map

First, Seek Him...

This lesson is written to:  introduce you to the FDM lesson format, guide you through “The W’s Approach to Discipleship,” and encourage you to SEEK the Lord in His Word personally. How you “Seek the Lord” in your own life will affect how you “Speak the Lord” into the lives of those He has entrusted to you! 

...Then Speak Him!

What you speak into others’ lives is an outgrowth of what God is doing in your life. With this lesson, “Speak Him” by sharing a Jesus Story of >how God has used His Word in YOU! Then read this lesson to your kids, use it as an outline to follow, or just summarize it and apply it to them how you know best. The following material is YOUR springboard into discipling those God has entrusted to you! 

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

(God’s Word is our foundation. We “Seek Him” in His Word, then we “Speak Him” to those He has entrusted to us.)

This week’s verse: Psalm 119:1-2 – “Blessed are those…who walk in the law of the Lord…who seek Him with their whole heart.” (ESV)

The verse for Preschoolers:  Psalm 119:1-2 – “Blessed are those…who seek Him.”

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us through This Passage?

(Pause to listen to what God is “whispering” to you through this passage of Scripture. What He says is the most important thing, so listen for His voice – and teach your kids to listen, too!)

“Walk in My Word and seek Me with your whole heart. I will bless you for this!” – God

Wisdom

How can we Pray and Seek God about this Truth?

(Wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s perspective and live accordingly. This wisdom section is where we pause to ask Him for this!) 

“Lord God, what do you have for us when we seek You in Your Word? What does it mean to be ‘blessed’ and what does Your blessing look like? Help us to understand how to Seek You today and Speak You always. Amen!”

Welcomes

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

(The Welcomes section is the short, basic summary of the lesson. There is so much more than this, but this section is the springboard…) 

It is popular to say #blessed when something good happens. However, the Bible teaches that “blessed” is about so much more than a hashtag or a good thing. Being truly “blessed” is a result of having a relationship with God, walking in His way and seeking Him in our lives. God promises to bless us when we seek Him. His blessings are our treasures, and His Word is our treasure map to guide us along the way.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This Truth?

(The Bible is one story from beginning to end. The Weavings section ties a little piece of that story together for you to ponder.)

If someone handed you a treasure map that led to a treasure stash in your backyard, what would you do? You would drop everything to follow it and find the treasure, of course! Though we may not have a treasure map leading to gold and jewels, we do have a treasure map for something far greater! Throughout Scripture, God teaches His people the incredible value of His Word. He wants us to pay attention to and obey what He says, and He promises the treasures of His blessing when we do so!

Toward the beginning of the Bible, God said to a leader named Joshua:

“Be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law… This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:7-8 ESV).

God commanded Joshua to carefully obey His Word, to follow its path and meditate on it day and night. As Joshua did this, God promised to bless him with, not just “success,” but “good success.” This was just one of the many “treasures” God had for Joshua as he lived his whole life seeking God.

It is the same for all of us who follow God. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28 ESV). The word “keep” here means to guard, protect and watch over something – which is exactly what we would do for a valuable treasure map and the treasure to which it led.

So what is this blessing to which God’s Word, our “treasure map,” leads us? The ultimate treasure is knowing God, hearing Him speak to our hearts and experiencing His reality in our lives. As our souls connect with our Creator, we experience something that surpasses anything this world can offer. But God also promises all sorts of other treasures for us along the way, too. These treasures are peace when life is painful (John 14:27), joy when life is sad (Psalm 94:19), and purpose when life feels pointless (Philippians 1:6). God’s treasures are faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13). God’s treasures – or, blessings –  are things that money can’t buy, tragedy can’t take away, and poverty can’t deny. God’s treasures are not defined by our circumstances, situations or society. His treasures are beyond our imagination (Ephesians 3:20-21) and without limit (Romans 11:33-36). And these are only the beginning…

So what do you think? Are you in? If so, start by memorizing the verse passage with this lesson!

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

(Think about how you can live out the truths you’re learning. Let the idea(s) in this section spur you to how God would have you and your family walk in this truth.)

Our memory verse says to “Walk in the Law of the Lord.” One way to do this is to intentionally “Seek Him; Speak Him.” God desires families to teach the next generation to treasure His Word, saying:

“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

(Deuteronomy 6:6-7 CSB)

As we walk along the road of life, God commands us to simultaneously walk in His Word. Every single book in the Bible contains promises about the treasures of God’s blessings, but we cannot know these promises and find these treasures unless we are in the “treasure map” of His Word. This is why it is so important for us to “Seek Him” with our whole hearts!

In the days and months to come, see what treasures you can find in God’s Word. Thumb through an old Bible to see what treasures you’ve underlined, or search online “God’s promises in the Bible.” See if you can find a “treasure” in each book of the Bible. You can print the accompanying “Treasures I Have Found in the Bible” page and write the references to the “treasures” of promises that you find! As you “SEEK HIM” in His Word and find these treasures, be sure to “SPEAK HIM” by sharing that with those He has entrusted to you! Tell the next generation!

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

(No matter what the age or stage of those entrusted to you, engage them in questions to get them thinking more deeply about God and His Word!  

What do you usually think of when you hear the word “blessed”? What does “blessed” mean according to Scripture? According to our memory verse, what are the two things God wants us to do? (walk in His Word; seek Him with our whole hearts) How is God’s Word like a treasure map? (it guides us to all the things God has for us; it helps us find our way to Him) What are some of the blessings God gives us when we seek Him? (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, redemption, hope, purpose, faith…)

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

(There are so many ways to worship God – all of life can be an act of worship! However, at the end of each lesson is a sample prayer and a worship song (or two!) to encourage you in that direction!)  

Worship Through Praise: “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me

Worship through Prayer:  Lord God, thank You for giving us Your Word so that we can know You and experience Your blessing in our lives! Open our eyes so that we may see wonderful things in Your Law (Psalm 119:18). We will seek You with our whole hearts; don’t let us wander from Your commands (Psalm 119:10). Show us the treasures You have for us along the way, treasures of faith, hope and love, treasures of experiencing You in amazing ways. We love You, Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

“Lord God, may Your Word lead us to the treasures of Your blessings in our lives. Help us to love Your Word more and more, in the Name of our greatest Treasure of all, Jesus! Amen!”

“Lord God, may Your Word lead us to the treasures of Your blessings in our lives. Help us to love Your Word more and more, in the Name of our greatest Treasure of all, Jesus! Amen!”

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