4 Jan, 2013

How Our Children Can Have a High View of God (video)

Do you have a high or low view of God?

I was born on December 23, 1977- just two days before Christmas. The nurses brought me to my mom with a Santa cap on my head and my parents prayed right there in the hospital room. They gave thanks and dedicated me to the Lord.

One week later in the cold of winter, my parents bundled me up and toted me to church.

God has been accessible to me for all of my life.

I’ve been so familiar with God for most of my life that at times, He has become common to me.

I think that this can be one danger for children that grow up in the church.

Who is God to us? Is He:

  • A prayer-answering vending machine? We ask Him for what we want and are only pleased when He delivers our request?
  • A big, cosmic buddy?
  • Is His name nothing more than the opening phrase and tag-line to our dinner prayers?

How can we help our children to have a high view of God?

One of the ways that we can help our children to have a high view of God is to have a high view of Him ourselves.

We are so used to getting things just the way we order. Think of Starbucks. Some of us have very specific instructions for the barista.

“Hi. I’ll have a tall half-skinny half-1 percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip.”

Our “my way- right away” society affects everything from our prayers to ultimately, our view of our Creator.

I need to be reminded from time to time that what I “order” from God is not what matters. What matters most is that I truly worship the ONE who set everything in order.

Job 38:4-7

4“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

Tell me, if you understand.

5Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6On what were its footings set,

or who laid its cornerstone—

7while the morning stars sang together

and all the angelsa shouted for joy?

Check out this video from Francis Chan. Isn’t our God amazing? Show this to your kids and worship Him together.

Psalm 111:10The fear of the LORD (reverence for God, respect for His law) is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

So, what do you think?