Day 19 | Prophecy of Bethlehem
Object Lesson: 1) Grab a toy car and roll it back and forth several times. 2) Look at the wheels and explain although they are one of the smaller parts of the car (much smaller than the engine, a door, or the roof of the car) the car simply could not function without even one wheel. 3) Even though it’s a very small piece of the car it’s extremely important. Just because something seems small or unimportant does not mean God doesn’t have big plans for it.
Devotion: (Populations of different cities) While there are close to 50,000 people in Hattiesburg, compared to cities like New York or Los Angeles it is very small. Just because you live in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t have a big impact for Jesus.
Bethlehem was one of the smallest towns in the area, but God chose it to be the birthplace of the Savior of the entire world. Do you who that was? (Jesus) Let’s read the Bible story once more (Luke 2:4-7). You’ll see in this story and many others in the Bible that God loves to use seemingly small places, like Bethlehem, and people to accomplish His mighty works. But all those people that God used had one thing in common, they had to say YES to God and what He asked them to do.
Memory Verse | Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
What town was Jesus born in?
Was the town small or big?
Can God use you, even if you’re small?
Lord, thank You for always seeing things we do not have the power to see. Thank You for loving all your creatures great and small. Just like the town of Bethlehem, many times we feel small. But, we know You can do great things in us. Lord, please, come into our lives and show us how You want us to honor You.