I field odd-ball questions from my children about God when I’m in the middle of a task. Yesterday, one of the twins asked me ‘if God was a killer’ as I was juggling a pot of boiling of water over his head. I was prepping for dinner.
And as if to test my authenticity while writing this post, another one asked me if ‘God spanks ghosts.’
(Where do kids get their questions?)
Often, I’m quick to dismiss these honest questions about God as silly because I’m genuinely busy. I’m also tempted to sweep difficult questions under the rug when I don’t feel I have adequate answers.
“Of course, God’s not a killer. Why would you ask something like that?”
“God doesn’t spank ghosts, because ghosts aren’t real. Now, go play with your brother.“
“I don’t know why God painted the sky blue. That’s just the color he chose. He’s God – he can do that.”
But Psalm 145 encourages me to stop and consider genuine questions as priceless teaching moments (as long as there isn’t a pot of boiling water involved).
In fact, here are two ideas from Ps. 145:6-7 for teaching your child to fear God:
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1. TALK ABOUT WHO GOD IS!
Teaching our children to fear God starts when we talk with them about God in a reverential way. In verse 6, David says God is awesome. He is great.
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
David says when men speak about God, they talk about the might of his awesome (or terrible) acts. It’s hard to use casual terms about God when talking about the powerful things he does.
So, parents, we must be ready to talk about God when our child is.
Take time to really answer your kid’s questions about God by digging for answers together.
I can’t think of anything more exciting than for a parent to invite their child on an adventure to find answers for questions big and small (sort of like a treasure hunt!) Put the child on your lap and Google safe questions. Take the child’s hand and guide them to the bookshelf. Select a book together and then look up answers with their help. Trace the words of Scripture with your child’s finger.
Besides learning truths about God’s character, the child also learns how to handle Scripture and apply it to life’s questions.
They learn that Mom and Dad listen. They learn they can feel comfortable talking about faith with their family. They learn that Scripture is robust enough to handle their inquiry. And they learn that God desires to make himself known – especially to them.
Talk to your child about God. Speak about the “might of his awesome acts.”
2. CELEBRATE WHAT GOD DOES!
Teaching our children to fear God starts when we teach them to celebrate what he does!
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.
So, how do you celebrate God?
In verse 7a, utter is sometimes translated eagerly utter because the Hebrew (Naba’) conveys the sense of praise that “flows, pours out, gushes, or bubbles up to the surface. And in verse 7b, the word sing (ranan) means “to give a ringing cry out loud in joy, exulatation, or praise”
Basically, a heart that truly fears God cannot help but celebrate what God does.
Here are some things verse 7 says we should sing about:
- Our God is good!
In this passage, God’s goodness refers to his kindness to mankind manifested in his righteousness (tsedaqah) or justice.
- Our God is righteous!
That means God always does the right thing. But God is righteous not simply because he always does what is right – but because he always does what is right toward us. He brings justice into our lives by giving us his righteousness.
Like David said, that’s cause for celebration…and great fear.
Use today’s printable as a reminder to be intentional about guiding your children in the fear of the Lord. He is awesome, great, good, and just! And he seeks to share all that with them!
What kind of odd-ball questions about God do your children ask you? And how do you answer them?
Special thanks to Sugarplum Paperie for granting me permission to use her lovely designs for this printable!