When God blesses us with children, He certainly doesn’t intend for us to take His place as the primary voice of influence in their lives, or for us to merely carry them along on our walk with God and never allow them to walk with Him themselves.
God speaks to us through His word, but He wants to speak to our children, too! Here are five powerful messages for kids to encourage them to know God and hear from Him personally:
1. God has a purpose for every life He has given.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
God’s plan for each of our lives, including our children’s, began before the beginning of the world! He designated a path for us, and when we listen to His voice in our lives, that path is made straight.
2. In the darkness, He is still working good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
I’m reminded of a beautiful poem of how, in our lives, we see only a tangled mess of knotted thread, yet when God reveals his plans to us on the other side, we see a beautiful tapestry expertly woven for His glory. Any stage of childhood can have its share of pain and difficulty, but God is always with us and He is always working things for our good!
3. Pain is inevitable, but your response to it is what matters.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When we turn to the world for comfort, we follow a rabbit trail into a deceptive world filled with more pain than we had in the first place. When we turn to God in our dark times, however, he gives us unimaginable peace and comfort as only He can.
4. Never allow anyone other than God to become “your everything.”
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
The world is constantly bombarding us with messages that we are #1, or our love interest is #1, or the person who signs our paychecks is #1, but it is all a huge lie. Each of these people can and will fail us at some point. After all, who can fill the shoes of Jesus? No one! When we look to Jesus for our joy and peace, we will never be disappointed.
5. An eternal life of joy is only available through the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ.
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6
Eternal life is God’s gift to His children! Don’t question that gift, don’t doubt that gift, just grab that gift and hold it precious above all else in your life!
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