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A Lesson from the Beehive – Part 2

A Lesson from the Beehive – Part 2

Materials Needed: Empty Beehive or picture of one

Scripture Reference: 2 Timothy 2:22

Have you ever had a project that you began for the purpose of making extra income for your family and/or to provide an opportunity to teach work ethics and responsibility to your children—but it seemingly only caused loss of money? That has been the case for our small farm recently.

We lost a calf and a hive of bees in a twenty-four-hour period. My husband was downhearted over the situation and completely frustrated, and it seemed nothing good could come of these bad circumstances. We lost money and our children were broken-hearted, but God reminded me of a lesson that is good for all ages.

Farming is certainly a learning process and we are new to bee-keeping. We began research to determine what caused our hive to leave. We read that the bees most likely leave the hive because of a problem that they cannot remove from the hive, such as beetles or verroa mites. Bees pay special attention to the condition of the hive and if they cannot resolve a problem that arises, they flee.

We cannot run away from our problems, but it is critical for us to be aware of our surroundings and the people with whom we are associated. There are times we may be faced with temptation to sin, but God promised a way to escape that situation for the faithful believer. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

It is important for our spiritual health and the vitality of the temple of the living God to closely watch for potential harm. (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38) Satan is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and he wants nothing more than to destroy testimonies of children of God.

When faced with temptations, we must go a different way in order to protect our own self and our families. No matter how strong we think we are, on our own, we are no match for Satan’s attacks.

So, when faced with temptation, choose Jesus and flee. Just get out of the situation even if it means giving up something enjoyable or forfeiting a life dream. Maintaining fellowship with God and integrity, and keeping our personal testimony is worth more than anything we have to give up.

Additional Scripture References: Psalm 143:9; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22

Action Steps:

  1. Use the beehive (or the picture of the beehive) and talk with your children about why bees sometimes leave the beehive.
  2. Talk about how we sometimes run from our problems and what we should do when faced with problems.
  3. Talk with your kids about temptations and the importance of fleeing from them. Come up with several things that might be temptations for them (alcohol, running with the wrong friends, sex before marriage, etc.) and discuss ways they can avoid those situations.

By: Lydia Cox

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