03 Sep, 2020 Worried About Your Children? Fear Not.
by Dr. Kathryn Knight
There are so many unknowns in our world right now.
If you are worried about your children, fear not. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28, “All things work for the good to them that love God.” Even COVID-19? Yes, even COVID-19. God was not surprised by the pandemic. And for many Americans, He has allowed it to open the path to having time with our kids. Parents are rediscovering the joys of being together as a family.
These are tough times – a pandemic, anarchists rioting, jobs lost. But when life is uncertain, the Bible gives us clear direction about having hope in God and thriving during difficult times. One mom was thrilled to find her son, sick with COVID-19-like symptoms, reading his Bible as he rested.
Our Calling As Parents
We as parents are entrusted with our children to raise them in the spirit and admonition of the Lord. 3 John says, “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth”. Academics are very important, but without biblical character, no amount of education is enough. We want our kids to be more Christ-like every day. And the model for our children should be that they grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. Tall order? Yes, but time with your children lets you:
Pray more for them and with them. We, as Christians, have a direct line of communication with God. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” (James 5:16). This means you and me…and our kids. Pray immediately about situations, even if you’re in the Walmart checkout line. Keep a list of needs and praises and pray as a family daily.
Talk about God and the Bible all day. Our first day of school devotion this year was from Deuteronomy 6:6-7 where God tells the Israelites to talk about Scripture when at home, on the way (road), in the morning, and at night. No matter what situations you encounter, the Bible applies. We often ask, “Does this or that honor God?” when choosing an activity. Make the Bible the center point for all decisions. Remind kids how EVERYTHING we do needs to agree with Scripture.
Identify The Lies
Be discerning. Books, movies, politics, etc., need to be scrutinized to see if they align with God’s Truth or are against it. Everyone can learn to be more discerning and be able to identify ideas that are against God and articulate why. You don’t need to throw out all non-Christian material, but be discerning and watch out for inaccurate worldviews.
Teach your kids to follow God. Academics are important but solid biblical character should be our ultimate goal for our kids. Serving God and loving our neighbor is what we should do as Christians. Teach your kids to look for ways to serve others and spread God’s message of hope as they serve. This article is an example of how to incorporate biblical character training into our kids’ lives
How Do We Handle It?
Remember that God is in control and that He loves us. When times are hard or scary, do not listen to fear-mongers (for that matter, turn off social media or the TV for a while). Try to sort through the information you hear and see if it lines up with the Bible. And trust God because He loves you.
The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God” Ph 4:6. Even COVID-19.
The older I get, the easier it is to look beyond current circumstances and to remember that we have a hope and a future. Our ultimate future is with our Lord in heaven for eternity. During the pandemic, God’s plan is still in place.
We are still supposed to tell people about Jesus and how they can know Him as Savior. It would be hyperbole to say our being forced to stay home is like Paul and Silas when they were in jail (see Acts 16:25), but they are a perfect example of how we should be acting now: praying and singing God’s praises so the entire world can hear why we have hope even during a pandemic.
“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge,” Proverbs 14:26.