Teaching Children about God’s Faithfulness
As Christian parents, we want to give our children a strong spiritual foundation. But it can be difficult to know how to communicate eternal truths to our kids, in part because they think so differently.
Young children are concrete thinkers. This means they relate better to tangible facts—things they can experience with their senses—than to ideas alone.
The best way to teach children abstract concepts such as God’s faithfulness is to connect those ideas to concrete experiences. Here are a few examples:
- God is faithful to care for our needs. Help children grasp this abstract concept by relating it to nature. Remind them that God cares for His creation, and He will care for them, too. Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Point out that God cares for the animals, and He cares for our needs, too!
- God is faithful to calm our fears. The next time your daughter expresses fear about something, talk with her about the last time she felt afraid. What did she think might happen to her? Were her fears confirmed? This way, she will have a recent experience in mind as you talk further. Remind her that God is faithful to help calm us when we’re afraid. David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Ps. 56:3).
- God is faithful to care about our concerns. A verse that children often find comforting is 1 Peter 5:7: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” When your son is worried about an upcoming math test, remind him of God’s faithfulness to care for him when he feels anxious. This will help him connect the abstract idea of God’s faithfulness to the concrete math test, which he knows is very real.
Remember to share your own experiences of trusting God. Be especially quick to share similar experiences that worried you and how He helped you overcome your fears. Your kids will enjoy hearing about your struggles and be excited to learn how God brought you through each situation.
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