“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:7
Often, children are good at asking questions that cause us to dig deeper into our faith in order to answer them. As I attempt to follow the command of the verse above, I am delighted when our children present me with this opportunity.
Recently, our nine-year-old asked me how we know that God is real. As we talked it through that night, here’s what I shared with her.
1. God’s Holy Spirit lives within us. In Romans 8:16, we are told, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” If we are saved, we have the Holy Spirit of God living in us and moving in our hearts.
2. Answered prayer. As we take our requests to God, we can see Him answering our prayers, often in ways that can only be explained as His hand at work. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children when God answers prayer in our own lives.
3. Faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) As we come to God in faith, earnestly pursuing Him, He will reveal Himself to us.
One of the greatest rewards of parenting is to teach our children about our faith and see them develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
What Bible principles have you talked about with your children?