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Trusting God As A Family

By Kim Butts

    Children learn to trust by example, through teaching, and by experience: “So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you” (Prov. 22:19).  How imperative it is for families to live out the biblical truth that Jesus can be trusted with every detail of life!

    Parents – don’t ever assume that your children can’t understand spiritual matters.  Children are vital to the Lord and His work on this earth.  Teach them that the Lord is the only One who is completely trustworthy.  Expect and challenge them to stand firm in their belief.  If they are taught, by your example and words, that people are in control and in charge, they will not learn to depend upon God and to place their wholehearted trust in Him alone!  If you want your children to trust God, you must be a godly example of one who trusts in Him.  Jesus Christ is LORD OF ALL!  He can be trusted with everything.

    There are many ways to learn about trusting God in the context of everyday family life.  Here are some suggestions:

    Trust in God – not in ourselves:

    “…He who trusts in the LORD will prosper.  He who trusts in himself is a fool…” (Prov. 28:25-26).  We have a natural tendency to want to do things ourselves.  Find opportunities when children or you, the parent, make a mistake in judgment, or try to fix a person or situation in the flesh rather than going to the Lord in prayer.  When we try to do things in our own strength, or with our own wisdom, we will most often fail.  It is only when we place our trust in God’s ability to work in and through our situations that we can be completely assured that the outcome will be in His perfect plan and timing.

    Trust in God – not in people or things:

    1.  Money – “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall…” (Prov. 11:28).  Many people in the world believe that if they just had enough money all of their problems would be solved.  Learning to trust in God for our needs is one way to combat the infatuation we seem to have with money.  Teach your children about trusting God for what is needed.  AND, teach them to trust God with their finances.  Be godly examples to them as you give tithes and offerings to the Lord.  Expect them from very early on to give a portion of their money back to God.  Teach them how to be generous, and to trust that God will bless them abundantly for sharing what they have to do His work on earth.

    2.  Idols – “Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it?  Or an image that teaches lies?  For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak” (Hab. 2:18).  Idols take on many forms.  In today’s culture, idols can look like televisions, ­computers, or any other activity that captures the majority of our time.  God has only given us a certain amount of time on this earth, and trusting in idols to entertain us or to give us pleasure will please the enemy greatly.  As a family, be determined that nothing will take first place in your hearts, your time and your thoughts but God.  Determine how you spend your time daily – and whether or not those activities are God-honoring.

    3. Other people – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psa. 118:8-9).  A child’s trust in a parent is as effective as the parent’s trust in the Lord.  Children will have a much easier time trusting parents who are being the kind of parents He has called them to be.  Be sure that your children want to trust you and to be like you because you are trusting in and following Jesus Christ.

    Trust in God when your hearts are troubled:

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in Godtrust also in me” (John 14:1)Tell your children that whenever they feel down, or concerned about something, they can always go to the Lord in prayer, trusting that He will help. Teach them that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us.

    – Condensed.