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High School

Living Wisely

Lesson 2 

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Fall 2020

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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September 13, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Embrace wisdom, resist temptation.

Bible Basis:

Proverbs 7:6-23; 8:1-20

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Presented with a scenario based on a pop culture prank, students will look inward and analyze their ability to resist temptation and choose wisdom.

Memory Verse:

Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
— Proverbs 4:7

Step 1:

Presented with a scenario based on a pop culture prank, students will look inward and analyze their ability to resist temptation and choose wisdom.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Begin today’s lesson by offering up the following scenario to your class.

It’s your birthday, and in a burst of generosity, one of your relatives gives you $500 cash. What do you do with it?

  • Do you spend the money right away? On what? (Maybe some ultra-hyped clothing like Balenciaga Knit High-Top sneakers or a Supreme x Northface Trans Antarctica Pullover. Or, maybe a new smartphone or game system.)
  • What if you decide to resist the temptation to blow all of your newfound wealth in one go and decide instead to invest it? At 10% interest and monthly compounding, twenty years later that $500 would be worth $3,664. Is it worth it? (Allow your students to respond and discuss this question in their own words.)

In theory, waiting the extra two decades and having seven times the amount of money is certainly the wise decision; however, as human beings, we are terrible at resisting momentary temptation even at the expense of our own well-being.

  • Let’s go back to the original question and consider this: What if you had the wisdom 20 years ago to invest that $500 in the (at that time unknown) company called Apple. How much do you think that money would be worth now? (In 1997, Apple’s stock was $0.56 per share meaning that an investment of $500 would now be worth $142,857.14.)

The Apple investors could’ve been aided by being able to predict what was going to happen in the future. After all, there are currently 2,800 companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange and picking which penny stock is going to grow into a multi-million-dollar corporation is nearly impossible.

Happily, there is Someone on our side who knows the right path for every crossroad we face. Today, we’ll learn about how God can help us resist temptation and choose wisdom.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Index cards
  • Whiteboard and marker

Before class, write the following verse on the whiteboard: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17).”

If your class is meeting online, you can copy and paste the verse into a document and share your screen. You can also invite teens to find a writing utensil and an index card or small piece of paper before class. 

In our own strength, living wisely is impossible; our sinful nature will always cause us to give into worldly temptations. But, we don’t have to walk through this world alone. So far, we have looked at some of the tools God has given us to live wisely. Now, it’s up to us to decide to live by His principles.

Using the outlined materials and the verse on the whiteboard or document, instruct your students to create a guideline for decision making.

This verse is one of many that God has sent down to walk us through life’s difficult decisions and temptations. Take a few moments to write down the listed criteria on your index card or piece of paper.

  • Pure
  • Peace-loving
  • Considerate
  • Submissive
  • Full of mercy
  • Impartial
  • Sincere

Once your students have created their lists, challenge them to place the index cards in a wallet or purse so that they may call on them during any difficult or tempting situations that arise in the coming weeks. Instruct them to evaluate their decision on the basis of whether or not it is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, and sincere, allowing God’s Word to guide them to do the wise thing.

Close in prayer, thanking God for providing us wisdom.

Before class, write the following verse on the whiteboard: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17).”

If your class is meeting online, you can copy and paste the verse into a document and share your screen. You can also invite teens to find a writing utensil and an index card or small piece of paper before class. 

In our own strength, living wisely is impossible; our sinful nature will always cause us to give into worldly temptations. But, we don’t have to walk through this world alone. So far, we have looked at some of the tools God has given us to live wisely. Now, it’s up to us to decide to live by His principles.

Using the outlined materials and the verse on the whiteboard or document, instruct your students to create a guideline for decision making.

This verse is one of many that God has sent down to walk us through life’s difficult decisions and temptations. Take a few moments to write down the listed criteria on your index card or piece of paper.

  • Pure
  • Peace-loving
  • Considerate
  • Submissive
  • Full of mercy
  • Impartial
  • Sincere

Once your students have created their lists, challenge them to place the index cards in a wallet or purse so that they may call on them during any difficult or tempting situations that arise in the coming weeks. Instruct them to evaluate their decision on the basis of whether or not it is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, and sincere, allowing God’s Word to guide them to do the wise thing.

Close in prayer, thanking God for providing us wisdom.

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