Reading: Judges 17:6-13
Introduction: Once there was a Levite looking for a new place to live. Do you remember that Levites were to have their own special cities? What was the job of the Levites? Why wasn’t this Levite taking care of the temple like God had commanded? We don’t know why this Levite was wandering around, but I have an idea. Verse 6 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” What did the men in this story do instead of obeying God?
“Doors” was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in The Children’s Six Minutes in 1922. Now out of print, it is available free online.
This morning, after you were awake, you passed through your bedroom door. Then you went through the bathroom door. Later you entered, through a door, the dining room….Every day you are passing through various doors. What wonderful things doors are! I wonder who invented doors. What would we do without doors?
There are doors to houses and there are doors to life. Let me tell you about them. A door is made of wood….The doors of life are made of our will. By the exercise of our will we open and close whatsoever doors of life we choose.
The doors of our houses swing on hinges. Heavy doors seem as light as a feather because they are so delicately hung upon hinges. The hinges of the doors of life are made not of brass or iron, but of love….
What about the lock? Yes, doors have locks. So also have the doors of life. Can you guess what locks the door of life? It is faith. If you have faith, faith in God, faith in the Saviour, faith in things that are true and pure, you need never fear that your house of life will be broken into by burglars. You are secure if you have the lock of faith. Now here is a strange paradox, namely–you lock your door only by opening it. Open your door to the Master.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice
and open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him and he with me.”
Memory Verse: …let us not love with _____ or with _____, but in _____and _____. 1 John 3:18
For Further Study:
Have you ever looked at an optical illusion? Have you ever watched a magic trick? You know that your eyes can fool you. That’s why God does not want us to rely on what “looks” right to us. Read Genesis 3:6; Luke 12:16-21; and James 4:13-15.
You can pray to God to help you “see” things the right way. God wants us to have a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). God doesn’t want us to be unsure (1 John 2:3). What things are you unsure about in your life? What would you like God to help you figure out? What (and who) has God given you to help you through life?