Teaching Children about God’s Promises

Teaching Children about God’s Promises

When you hear someone say, “I promise,” what comes to your mind? Hopefully you have a positive reaction from growing up with individuals who kept their word with you. A promise is a commitment to someone about a certain action that will be carried out. God provides many examples of His faithfulness in keeping His promises throughout Scripture.

Do you give much thought to keeping these types of truths within your family? One piece of advice that was given to me as a new parent was never to break a promise to my child. Our desire as parents is for our children to trust that our word can be counted on in all situations. As our kids trust us, it becomes easier for them to eventually believe in their heavenly Father and all the truth that comes from Him.

How can we teach this important quality about God’s promises to our children? It helps to remind them often of God’s faithfulness, and talk about ways we’ve seen Him stay true to His Word. A simple way to do this is to teach children absolute truth straight from the Scripture.

Here are a few Bible promises that are easy for children to claim and remember for their own:

“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously” (James 1:5).

“Do not fear, for I am with you “(Isaiah 43:5).

Using Bible promises with children is a great way of providing comforting thoughts as well as showing God’s faithfulness to them. We know how many situations come up when our kids need an extra sense of security. Talk with them about holding firmly to a certain Bible promise in their thinking just before going to bed or heading off to a long day at school. God will bring these truths to the forefront of their minds in order to provide trust in His promises that they can hold to for the rest of their lives.

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Dixie Walker is a freelance writer & editor of Christian parenting and discipleship content. She graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dixie has served in a few churches as childhood minister, as well as editor and writer for several Christian publications. She and her family make their home in the Nashville area.