Moments: Nature of Godmoments

IMG_8540Talking to our kids about God can sometimes feel intimidating.  He is all powerful and all knowing. He has always been and always will be. He is the Great I Am. The one who commands the wind and the waves; who holds all of eternity in his hands and yet in Matthew 11:28 He describes Himself as gentle and humble in heart. Considering the magnitude and complexities of who He is, how and where do we begin to teach our kids about God?  Often we start with the story of creation, and continue with the stories of Noah and Moses, David and Goliath. We explain how man was unable to make themselves right before God so our savior Jesus came as a child to pay the price for our sins.  These are all important lessons and begin to paint a picture for our children of God.  Over the next few months I want to talk about using parts of scripture we may not commonly use with our young kids to go deeper with them to help them better understand the nature of God.  Like David, the writer of many of the Psalms, our kids can grow in their courage and sense of who they are in Him as they understand who He is.

Psalms 139 is one of my all-time favorite Psalms. It speaks of the amazing intimacy in which God knows us and leads us.  There are many verses that truth could be pulled from but today I thought we’d focus on verses 17 and 18. They read:

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

Here is an idea you might find helpful whether you live by a beach or plan to visit one this summer. Or maybe you have a sand box in your back yard or in a nearby park. Even just a IMG_8686cup of sand will give you a great opportunity to demonstrate how incredible this truth is and this idea plays into young children’s love of counting. Ask your child to count the sand around them, going as high as they can. Then when they’ve counted as high as they can ask them to guess how much more than that there is in the cup or box or on the beach.  Then explain to them that the Bible tells us God thinks about them more often than the grains of sand on the whole earth.  He is always thinking of them and all His thoughts are of love for them.

Enjoy your week and keep looking for moments each day to speak to your kids about the nature of God.

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