How do we teach our kids to have big faith when the world we live in wants us to question everything? It’s not enough to “just believe” in something any more. Everyone wants a WHY!
This is the same problem that Noah faced thousands of years ago! Can you imagine the number of questions Noah got from everyone when he started building a monstrous boat in the middle of the desert???
“Hey Noah! Why are you building a boat? There is no water around!”
“Soooooo… you think that God talked to YOU?”
I can just hear the sarcasm oozing.
“Really? Animals are just going to walk onto that ‘thing’?”
I can just imagine the looks that he received, the sneer on peoples’ faces as they laughed at him behind his back, the laughingstock that he became for hundreds of miles around… all because he believed God spoke to him and acted on it.
You see, Noah had big, big faith! He didn’t need to see what God’s plan was for the future. He just knew what God wanted him to do THAT DAY! Despite persecution and ridicule, he followed God’s plan for his life. I’m sure he had moments when the hurtful words got to him, but I can just imagine the little grin that came to his face as he persevered and continued to do what he was called to do, because when you are doing what you are supposed to do, there is joy and victory in it!
So how do you teach your child to have a big faith in a questioning world? Show them what a big faith looks like!
Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter. As you read through it, you will be reminded of many others who had big faith and lived it. You will see familiar names and those who you may not even consider a “hero of the faith” but to God their faith was worth mentioning.
Daniel had big faith and believed that God would take care of him when he chose not to eat of the king’s meat and when he chose to worship God despite the national proclamation that forbade it. He still had faith when he stood before the open pit with lions roaring beneath him…. KNOWING that if God chose to, He could save him. His faith turned an entire nation to God!
Abraham had big faith when he believed that God could bless him with a baby even though he was almost 100 years old. He had even bigger faith when God asked him to sacrifice his son KNOWING that if God chose to He would provide a way out. His faith is such a wonderful picture of God’s love for us.
Read through Hebrews 11 and get inspired by these faithful men and women. Read their stories with your children and see what it looks like to live with a faith like Noah!
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What are some ways you are teaching your kids to have big faith?