Fear Not Family Devo
A Family Devotional Lesson on Faith over Fear
1st Samuel 15:24-28
Big Idea: Samuel’s fear of the people caused him to sin and lose his place as King over Israel. Our fear of people also can cause us to sin.
Play Acting: Simulate the school lunch room at your dining room table. Have each child take a turn playing himself or herself at school in each scenario. Everyone else in the family plays the lunch crowd of kids. Set up a different temptation/intimidation for each child.
- Temptation scenario 1: open your lunch bags and get ready to eat; stare right at the first volunteer (the family member who is playing self at school). Attempt to simply use your stares to frighten him/her from praying before eating.
- Temptation Scenario 2: Have one from the crowd tell a “potty joke.” Everyone enjoys the compromising humor – but how does the family member playing self respond?
- Temptation Scenario 3: All begin to gossip about one of the kids who is not sitting at the table.
- Temptation Scenario 4: All begin to grumble and complain about the unfairness of your teacher.
After you’ve completed a scenario for each child, discuss how fear of people became a real temptation to compromise our beliefs and even sin against God. Then discuss how they can remember to choose faith over fear each time they face a crowd.
Read the Text: 1st Samuel 15:24-28
Questions from the Passage:
- Why does Saul sin?
- Is it good that he recognizes why he sins?
- Whose voice did Saul obey?
- What would Saul have done if he were faced with your lunchroom crowd?
- Why is it dangerous to reject the Word of God?
- How would the story be different if Saul obeyed God instead of letting the people intimidate him? How would your lunchroom story also be different?
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.” 1st Samuel 15:24