Going on a God hunt

Physical activity

A God hunt is like a treasure hunt, only better! Let your kids search for Scripture clues around the house to more about who God is and where He lives.

Set up your treasure hunt by hiding these clues in the locations indicated:

Clue location Questions and answers
Place on a tool or tool kit.

Question: Where doesn’t God live?

Answer: Acts 17:24
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Place on a child’s back.

Question: Why did God make us?
Is God close to us or far away?

Answer: Acts 17:26-27
And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us . . .

Place on a jug of water.

Question: Where is God?

Answer: Jeremiah 23:23-24
Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

Place on a trunk or box.

Question: Can God be contained?

Answer: 2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house that I have built!

Place on or in the fridge.

Question: What does God need from us?

Answer: Psalm 50:9-12
I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.

Place on a stool or an ottoman.

Question: What attitude is God pleased with?

Answer: Isaiah 66:1-2
Thus says the Lord: ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool; what is the house that you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest? All these things My hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My word.

Place in or near a sink.

Question: Who can hang out with God?

Answer: Psalm 24:3-6
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah.

Place on your body.

Question: Where does God want to live?

Answer: Ezekiel 36:26-28
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes and be careful to obey My rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Place beside a baby or on a doll.

Question: How did God come to earth?

Answer: John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23
‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).

Begin your hunt by reading Jeremiah 29:12-13: “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” Then pray this short prayer:

Dear God, we love You and we want to learn more about You today as we play. Thank you for listening when we pray. Amen.

Next, ask your kids, Where do you think we should start looking for God? Listen to their answers, then suggest that the Bible is a good place to get some clues about where God is. Tell your kids that you have hidden Bible verses around the house that will help them find out more about God.

Search around the house together. When you find a clue with a question, invite your kids to try answering the question themselves before you read the answer from Scripture.

Close your adventure by praying and thanking God for being a God who loves to be close to His people. Invite Him to fill your home with the joy and power of His presence.

Key concepts

God is much too big to be contained anywhere. God is like the air: we can’t see Him, but He’s everywhere! God tells us Himself that He cannot be contained.

God doesn’t need anything from us – He made us and He owns the whole world.

The one thing God does want from us is friendship. He sent Jesus to earth so our sins can be forgiven and so we can be friends with Him. The Bible tells us that God lives with those who have asked Him to clean the sin out of their lives and with those who love Him and honour Him.