It’s that time of year. Clothes have been bought. Backpacks are packed. Lunch boxes are prepared. Children all over the United States are going back to school.
It’s an exciting time for most children and their parents. For others though, it is a time that brings much anxiety and fear. Will they have friends? What kind of grades will they make? Will they listen to their teacher?
The Bible teaches us some truths that can bring peace and comfort to those who are anxious. These truths can help us as parents and our children conquer fear and keep our focus on the things that matter the most – what God says.
5 Truths to Speak to Your Children
1. God created you and knows everything about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) God created you in His image. He is the one who formed you in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) You are part of His creation.
God knows your thoughts. He knows when you are asleep and when you are awake. He knows everything you will speak with your mouth. He knows where you will go and who you spend time with. (Psalm 139:2-4)
“Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”
– Psalm 139:4
2. God is with you at all times. God is everywhere. You cannot escape from His presence. He will lead you and hold you in the darkest places. (Psalm 139:7-14) You are never alone, even if you feel alone, because God is with you. God is also our help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
3. God has a plan for your life. Before you were formed, God knew the number of days of your life. (Psalm 139:16) God has a plan to give you hope and a future. He has a specific purpose for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
– Psalm 139:16
4. God is using today to prepare you for tomorrow. Nothing in your life is wasted. God works all things together for good, for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) God created you to love Him. He created you for good works which He prepared beforehand that you would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
5. Everything you do should be for the glory of God. God wants you to make choices that will bring Him glory rather than glory for yourself. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
“So, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31
Our children are not random accidents. They exist, not for us, but for the glory of God. God has a plan and a purpose for their lives. His plan and purpose is not for our children to please us and do what we think they should do. His plan and purpose is for them to live lives which please Him. He desires for them to love Him and love others. (Matthew 22:37) He wants for them to tell others about who He is and what He has done. (Matthew 28:19-20)
When your children try something new, He wants them to remember that He created them. He knows what is easy for them and what is hard. He wants them to depend on Him rather than on themselves.
When your children are making new friends, He wants them to remember that He is with them, and they will never be alone.
When your children go to school, God wants them to know that school is part of their “work” for Him. He will use what they are learning and doing to prepare them for what He has for them in the future. God is aware of everything they will encounter and He will use it for good to prepare them for His plan for their lives.
As your children go to school this year, instill these truths from the Bible in their hearts so that they focus on who matters most – God.
How will you use these truths to encourage your child this week?
Share your thoughts to encourage another parent this week – leave a comment below!
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