When I was a kid, I loved fire. Okay, let’s face it…I still love fire. I mean, there is just something mesmerizing about flames! If you are looking for an object lesson for kids, here’s one that you can use to teach kids about God’s greatness using, you guessed it, FIRE.
Lower the lights in the room a little, strike a few matches, and light a candle or two. If it seems age appropriate, give kids a candle, and allow them to light their own. Challenge kids to watch closely for the first drop of melted wax. See how long it takes for the fire to begin melting the wax. It melts almost immediately. Wax doesn’t stand a chance against fire.
Ask kids to think about a mountain – a big, tall, rocky mountain. Ask, “What do you think it would take to melt a mountain?”
Share Psalm 97. Give emphasis to verse 5: “The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord” (HCSB). In this Psalm, God is trying to help us understand how big, awesome, and powerful he is. Just like wax doesn’t stand a chance against fire, the strong mountains don’t stand a chance against God! He is SO powerful.
Don’t miss this: The same God that is powerful enough to melt mountains like wax cares enough to rescue us! Re-read Psalm 97:10. God is a mighty God, and he is a God that rescues and delivers. Use this as an opportunity to connect to the gospel.
Challenge kids to memorize Psalm 97:5 and to recite it every time they see a burning candle.