What do you really believe about God?
Like most Southerners, I grew up attending church at least 3 times a week. If there was an evangelist in town we were literally at the church every day of the week (any other evangelical kids in the house?!). To top it all off, I was a pastor’s kid.
Given my upbringing, one might assume that I know the Bible front to back and can quote scripture on cue. But one would be wrong in assuming such a thing. Simply growing up in church does not save us nor does it ensure that we have a relationship with God.
I believe one of the most dangerous mindsets we can have with our kids is assuming they “get it” just because we attend church and/or private Christian schools. We must, instead, explore the hard questions ourselves so we can walk our kids through those same questions.
I believe that God loves when we ask him questions. Yes, we trust that he is a good and sovereign God, but he longs to reveal his great mysteries to us so we can grow in relationship with him.
Questions such as :
- If God is Invisible, how can I know he is real?
- How can God be three persons at the same time?
- How do I know God has a special purpose for my life?
- Does God care what my body looks like?
- What are God’s promises for me when I need healing?
- Is it true that Jesus knows my name?
- Why couldn’t Jesus just stay on earth forever?
- Why do I still sin, even when I don’t want to?
- Can God actually talk to me?
- How is it possible to be weak and strong at the same time?
- Why do people have to die?
- If God truly loves people, why do bad things happen?
All of the questions you just read are from a book called, “365 Answers for Curious Kids”. I received this book to review and after reading a few pages I’ve decided they should have added “and adults” at the end of the title. Each page is a new question with a scripture and answer. I have learned so much from the book and it has made great conversation starters around the dinner table with our kids.
When was the last time you asked God hard questions? Did you take the time to listen to his voice or research in his word? Instead of these questions being something we sweep under the rug, we must bring them into the light. When it is in the light the enemy loses all authority and power. What do you need to bring into the light today?
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