Sometimes complex words, such as “faith”, can be a bit abstract for kids. But faith does not have to be abstract! Faith is simply believing in things that are not seen because of evidence that is seen. It is something that we do every single day. Help your kids understand the reality of faith using our ideas below!
First, help your child think of three things that they know exist but that they can not see. For example, you see the effect of the wind as it rushes through trees, but have you ever seen the wind? Or, you know that you breathe air in and out every few seconds because you can feel it in your nostrils, but have you ever seen air? Last, you know that the microwaves warms up your food using small little waves because your food goes in frozen and comes out warm, but have you ever seen those small little electrical waves? See if your kids can come up with more items to add to the list. And no, Santa doesn’t count!
Now that your kids realize that they have faith in lots of things, help them think of things they don’t have faith in. This might include flakey friends, broken down vehicles, and slimy sandwich meat. Ask your child, “Why don’t you have faith in them?”. A good answer might be “Because they have not gained my trust. ” It is natural to loose faith in things that you know are not reliable.
Encourage your kids to take a look around. Ask them, “What do you see?” Maybe they see a cloud. Ask them, “Can you form a cloud?” Suggest that they might not be able to, but God can! Maybe your child see’s another person. Ask “Can you create a person?” Hint that they probably are not able to, but God can! Maybe they see a flower. Ask, “Can you design a flower and give it a beautiful scent?” Recommend that they probably cannot, but God can! God has created so many amazing things! Ask your child “What is your favorite thing that God created?” and let them come up with their most perfect answer. All the things that God has created is evidence that God is good. This evidence makes it easier to have faith in Him.
God has also done many miracles, like heal a blind mand and bringing a dead child back to life, to name a few. He has done all these big and amazing things to help us know that He can be trusted and deserves our faith. All these things, and a whole lot more, help us to have faith that God is good and is deserving of our trust.
Once you trust God, it is a lot easier to have faith in Him! Look up the following verses about faith. Then, as a family, pray and ask God to help you have faith in Him even when it is hard!
2 Corinthians 5:7