Along with all the “why” questions your child frequently asks, they are likely also wondering about the whats and wheres of faith. Where is God? What does God look like? How come I can’t see God? Even parents who’ve been Christ-followers for many years can find themselves perplexed while trying to answer such questions in a truthful yet simple way.
The good news is, you’re beginning to lay a foundation of faith—planting tiny seeds of trust and belief that will take root and flourish as your child grows. Don’t feel you need a course in theology to answer all your child’s questions. Pray for wisdom. You can share that God is everywhere, and that even though we can’t see God, God always sees us. We don’t know what God looks like, because God is a spirit. God doesn’t have a body like we do. But we trust in God’s presence, goodness, grace, and authority. Nothing can be hidden from God. God is everywhere and knows everything—God even knows our feelings and thoughts before we say them. And God loves us—no matter what.
Additionally, you can begin explaining key words such as these to help your child develop more of an understanding of the gospel:
Faith—believing and trusting what you cannot see or touch. Faith is believing that God always keeps God’s promises.
Sin—disobedience to God and God’s character, laws, and desires for us.
Grace—the unearned love and kindness of God. God is perfect and good; we are not perfect, and we often act in ways that aren’t good. God’s love and kindness are free gifts, not things we earn. God knows our sins and loves us still.
Savior—another name for Jesus. To save is to rescue someone or something. Jesus saves us from being destroyed by our sin and separated from God.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. –Matthew 7:7-8
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