Is It Really True?

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A children’s devotion on knowing the TRUTH

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note: Please do not allow kids to eat more
than just a pinch of salt. Eating large amounts of salt may cause
digestive distress.

On a table, set out the two bowls of salt and several spoons.
Gather the kids in a group near the table. Say: Every day you hear
or see things that make you wonder if it’s the truth or not. What’s
something you have seen or heard and then wondered if it was true?
For example, I saw a TV ad that told me if I bought a special cream
and put it on my face every night, I would never have any wrinkles.
I wonder if that was true. Who want to go next? Wait for kids to
respond.

Say: Sometimes it’s hard to know whether something we hear or
see is the truth or not. Sometimes the truth and a lie look the
same, but we have to decide. Let’s have an experience together to
see what I mean. On the table are two bowls. One might have sugar
in it, and the other might have salt in it. But they both look the
same, I’m not going to tell you what’s in the bowls. Here’s the
deal: If you think you know what’s in the bowls, I’ll let you go to
the table and take a small amount in one of the spoons. Don’t eat
it yet–just carry it back in the spoon and sit down. When all our
volunteers make their choice, you may taste what you have in your
spoon. Then we’ll see who ended up with what.

Let kids volunteer to go get a small amount (not too much or
they will get sick!) from one of the bowls. Don’t let kids shake
the bowls or smell them. They have to make their choice by looking
at the bowls.

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When everyone who sampled from the two bowls sits back down,
have them taste what’s in their spoons. Don’t react to what
happens. Simply ask what they had in their spoons. Soon kids will
figure our that no one got any sugar because both bowls have salt
in them. Ask:

  • How do you feel right now?
  • How could you tell if it was sugar or salt in the bowl?
  • Describe another time you couldn’t tell if something was really
    what it seemed to be?

Say: I told you one of the bowls might have sugar in it and one
of the bowls might have salt in it. I got away with that because
sugar and salt both look the same. All you had to do was try to
make the right choice. You see, things are not always what they
appear to be. Sometimes we need to test things to see if they’re
really true. If I had let you touch or move the bowls, you might
have been able to figure out that both bowls have salt in them. Not
everything we are told stands up to the truth test. It’s hard to
know what’s true sometimes. But God’s truth always passes the test.
God never tells us something that isn’t true–never! Whatever God
tells us in the Bible is always the truth. We never have to doubt
it.

Read aloud John 8:31-32. Ask:

  • What did Jesus say we had to do in order to know the
    truth?
  • What did Jesus say would happen to us when we know the truth
    about something?
  • What do you think that means?
  • Why do you think people sometimes lie to us?
  • How would you feel if you thought God sometimes lied to
    you?

Say: As long as we listen to what God and Jesus say in the
Bible, we will always know the truth. We never have to worry about
being lied to by God, and this helps us feel free to believe the
Bible.

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