Let the Little Children – Pt. 2

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By: Linda Merriott

Retired educator and administrator of 38 years, Lubbock, TX

How do we help our children develop good character and integrity? We have to be very intentional. If we are not, our children will be taught the character traits of the culture simply by default. One of the most important ways to develop character is to study God’s character.

After you have taught them that God is real, you need to begin to teach the truths about God and His character. Today, we will talk about God being eternal. Children find security in the fact that God exists, always has existed, and always will. Pray with your children, bringing your concerns and their concerns to God in prayer. The simple act of praying with your children as you tuck them into bed at night produces a great sense of security and helps children understand that God is there for them. Give God thanks before you eat together. Thank Him for your food, and always thank Him for one another! Tell God in their presence how grateful you are for them. You will be building security and love! There is no greater joy as a family than to walk with God and know these truths.

Teach them this truth statement: God is eternal. He exists and always has existed. Spend the week talking about it. There are some wonderful devotion books for children. I recommend buying these:

You Can Count on God by Max Lucado

Indescribable by Louie Giglio

The Wonder of Creation by Louie Giglio

How Great Is Our God by Louie Giglio 

You can teach them the following Bible Verse, and as you say it daily, you can ask them to say it with you, especially by the end of the week.

Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come – the Almighty One.”

There are many Bible verses you can talk about if it helps to clarify that God is eternal. Here are two more: Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.” Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”

One of the examples in nature that stands out is the evergreen tree. Take a walk with your children and talk about how evergreen trees stay green all year long; this is why it is called “evergreen”. God is always (forever) there and always interested in us and watching over us. Discuss how God takes care of us by sharing a personal story with your children about God’s care or protection of you. The Bible tells us in Psalm 139 that He knows everything about us and that He thinks about us all the time. It also says that God knew us in our mother’s womb before we were even born. God is the one who made us! Psalm 139 is a great passage to read and discuss with your children. Use a children’s version or an ‘easy-to-understand version’.

Here are three devotions you can use with them while teaching them that God is eternal:

Read pp. 144-145 of How Great Is Our God.

Read pp. 204-205 of The Wonder of Creation. 

Read pp. 116-117 of How Great is our God. 

Have fun with them as you do this. You can talk about how God gave each of them special gifts. You may even enjoy being silly about the different traits of each one. Ask them to make a list of what God made special about one another. Talk about how when you cannot be with them, God is always present, and anytime they are worried or anxious; they can talk to God and ask Him for peace. He always has been and always will be! This truth brings great security and joy!

It is so fulfilling to see your children enjoy knowing God!