A devotion that will help children understand that God
is eternal...and always has been.
Theme: God has always been here and always will
Bible Reference: Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 43:10b; Revelation 1:8
Simple Supplies: You'll need a Bible, alphabet
cards from A to Z, and both old and new pennies.
Who's the oldest person you know? What's the oldest object you
own? Allow children to respond. Genesis 1:1-2 says, "In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was
formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and
the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." When do you think
the beginning was? Allow children to respond.
Hold up an old penny (the older the better). How old do you
think this penny is? Read the year on the penny to the children.
Name some things you know of that are older than this penny. Allow
children to respond.
Have children each turn to someone and share their ages. How old
do you think I am? Allow children to respond. If you're willing,
share your age.
How old do you think God is? Allow children to respond.
Open your Bible to Revelation 1:8, and show the verse to the
children. The Bible tells us how long God has existed. Here in
Revelation 1:8 it says, " 'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the
Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'
" Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek
alphabet. What are the first and last letters in our alphabet?
Allow children to respond. Hold up the alphabet cards for the
children to see. Give one alphabet card to each child.
I want you to stand, hold your letter in the air, and say your
letter of the alphabet when it's your turn. We'll start with A. OK,
go! Have each child stand in turn and say the alphabet according to
the card he or she is holding. For a little extra fun, you could
have the children repeat the activity by saying the alphabet
Note: If you have more kids than letters, have some or all
children form pairs. If you have fewer kids than letters, let some
children have more than one letter.
After the alphabet has been said, have children sit down. Who
can tell me what letter comes before A? Pause for children to
answer. There is no letter before A, just as there was nothing
before God-he was always there.
Open your Bible to Isaiah 43:10b. Listen to what the Bible says
in Isaiah 43:10: "Before me no god was formed, nor will there be
one after me."
Not only has God always existed, but he always will exist! That
means that he was there for your
great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents and he's here for
you right now. And God will be there for your
great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren-and even after
that. Isn't that great?
When are some of the times you would want to know that God is
with you? Allow children to respond. As each child responds,
reassure him or her that God will be there. Aren't you glad God has
always been there and always will be?
Let's pray together.
Dear God, thank you for all the things in creation that you
made. And thank you for always being there-in the past, in the
future, and right now for us. You are an awesome God! Amen.
I'm going to give each of you one old penny and one new penny as
a reminder that God was there when the old penny was new and he'll
still be there when the new penny is old.