Teaching Our Children Not to Fear With Biblical Truth

Teaching Our Children Not to Fear With Five Biblical Truths
Everything around us appears to be out of control. We are seeing unthinkable shootings, devastating storms, same sex marriage, racial tension, destructive rioting, exalted disrespect for our country and leaders and so much more.
While we, as adults, may be able to sort through all of these occurrences, children often times can not.
I have heard many moms asking the same question, “How am I supposed to explain this to my child?

 

Teaching Our Children Not to Fear With Five Biblical Truths
Mom, you are well justified to be concerned. Your child does not live in a bubble. He or she is going to be exposed to the tragedies taking place around them. It is almost impossible to shield them from all of it.
So what is a mom to do?
I have an idea, but first, I would like to take you on a short trip through history.
  • During the days of the Israelite’s captivity in Egypt, enslaved children were separated from parents, witnessed taskmasters beating their neighbors and family members, saw overseers taking advantage of the Israelite women and so much more.
  • At the time of Jesus’ birth, Jerusalem was under Roman rule. Hateful Roman soldiers patrolled the streets and market places. They marched to the beat of their own drum in so many ways. This gave them the freedom to mistreat the citizens, overtax them and cause overall fear and distrust. Of course the children of that day saw all of this and were affected by it.
  • Moving into our own country’s history, young American children watched fathers, brothers, uncles and neighbors go into bloody battles against the British army. Don’t you know that there was a sense of stress and insecurity throughout every home in colonial America.
  • Children of the Civil War Era witnessed the mistreating and abuse of others and the drama of families being separated and sold. They were exposed to the belief that some people were made to serve others and that some life had no value.
  • Children of the 30’s lived through the Great Depression.
  • Children of the 40’s and 50’s experienced World War Two and Blackout Drills.
  • In the 60’s, they witnessed the shooting of a president and Woodstock.
  • The 70’s brought the Vietnam War, Roe vs. Wade and President Nixon’s Watergate scandal into the view of children everywhere.
I’ll stop there because I am sure that you get the point. However, do you realize that all of the situations mentioned about took place almost 50 years ago or more?
Our country and our world saw very horrific things even back during “the good old days”. Yet children were raised in the midst of those times and as a whole, have gone on to thrive. How? I imagine that good mothers all over the world were filling their children with God’s Word. They were speaking life and truth over their young children straight from the Bible.
The good news is that God’s Word is timeless!
It is just as relevant to our issues today as it was during Israele captivity and the Woodstock Era. It is filled with the truths and wisdom that all mothers need to comfort and reassure their child that no matter what, all is well because God is in control.

 

 

Teaching Our Children Not to Fear With Five Biblical Truths
Mom, do you need some spiritual truth bombs to drop on yourself and your child? Here are five verses to share with your child, encourage yourself and combat your fear and concerns!
1.  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
No matter what is happening around us, everything is going to work out for God’s people.

 

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2.  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24: 9-13
The awful things happening in our world today are prophecy. They must happen or the Bible is not true. However, there is hope in verse 13. Endure to the end!
 3. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7
Mom, if you are praying for and actively seeking for positive experiences and role models for your child, I believe God will bless you with them. Also, be praying and seeking for protection for your child’s innocence during this time of turmoil in our world.
4. “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every though into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
We must not be swayed or drawn in by the influences and behaviors of the world. If it is against the Word of God, it is disobedient to Him. This verse is a particularly good one for teenagers.
 5. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Adult and child alike are given the gift of peace by Jesus. It is a supernatural peace that is present even during the hardest of times.
I would like to encourage you, sweet mom, to be vigilant, pray endlessly and have regular conversations with your child about what is taking place around us. Do not be afraid and assure your child that they have no reason to fear either. If your heart belongs to Him, you have nothing to fear.
God loved your child even more than you do. He values their little soul and is going to hold it safely in His hand.
You are doing a great job, mom! Keep it up!
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts You. Isaiah 26:3

Summer Overstreet -- Raising A Daughter To Find Her Identity In Christ

 

Hey Sisters, my name is Summer Overstreet. I am a Christ believing, Sunday school teaching, sweet tea drinking Southern belle. I have been a floral designer for fifteen years and I LOVE my job! I am new to the blogging world and am seeking to encourage and inspire women to embrace a lifestyle of joy and hope in Christ. I would love to see you at jessicasummeroverstreet.com soon!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this! Very timely indeed!
    I used to take the “take shelter and hide” approach with my kids.
    But I am learning that this is not conducive with the Christian “let your light shine before men” instruction. 😉
    There is no place to hide. Unfortunately our kids will see (are now seeing) things that we wish we could shield them from.
    But God is so much bigger than all of these things! He is perfectly capable of protecting our kids in the midst of the chaos.

    Thanks for sharing your message of hope!

  2. This is so great, Summer! Evil and darkness in the world are nothing new—that’s for sure. But God’ Word stands the test of time and you shared some powerful verses here 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #ByHisGraceBloggers

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