Dear Grandparent: This is #20 in a series of 66 Bible Faithbuilding Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together. May God add his blessing to every word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs is the 20th book in the Bible. It’s written by a very smart man named Solomon, who was the son of David, Israel’s first king. The principles in the Proverbs are written as a legacy of instruction from Solomon, who wasn’t just smart – the Bible calls him the smartest man who ever lived. “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” I Kings 4:29
We are memorizing this verse together because during your life now and your life ahead, there will be times when you don’t know what to do. There will be times when other people have disappointed you, and you might not know who to trust. God gave us this verse so we would always remember that He can always be the one we trust in the most. This verse is a promise directly from God! When we try to fix everything or even try to understand everything that happens in the world, we can start kind of stumbling through life, as if we’re walking on a crooked path. God promises to straighten out the path when we use our whole heart to trust in him.
PERSONALIZE IT YOUR OWN WAY
I remember this verse really jumping off the page when I read through the book of Proverbs in college. Dating was a lot of fun in high school, but in college, I started to understand the seriousness of it. I wasn’t just getting a date for the prom anymore – I was looking for a husband! This promise spoke straight to my searching heart. If I trusted God and didn’t lean on my own fickle understanding, if I acknowledged that he was the one who could do it, he would make a path straight to my man.
Older kids: Draw a big heart on a piece of paper. Write the words of the verse around the outline of the heart. Decorate the inside of the heart with crafty stickers and markers.
Younger kids: Make two connect-the-dots versions of the word “trust” on large sheets of paper. Sit with your grandkids at the table or on the patio, connecting the dots and filling in the letters with colorful markers.
Any age: Create your own simple sign language version of the verse. Hand motions make memorization much easier!
Set up a family YouTube channel, or take lots of pictures for a 66 Verses Photo Book.
Your devoted encourager,