To Know God

There is a great debate going on today around the education of the younger generation. This debate stretches from our own communities here in the Triangle to all around the world. We are debating what the best methods are for learning, what needs to be absorbed in these formative years, and what is the best environment for this to happen. We see these questions answered differently from country to country, state to state, and even home to home within any given neighborhood. Is it better for our children to learn in the public school system, a charter school, at a private institution, or through a homeschooling program? Your family’s answer to this question depends on your convictions, preferences, goals, and beliefs. Do you want to know what the right answer is? I’ll tell you, its… just kidding. No way am I sticking my hand in that’s wasps’ nest!

The backbone of this debate has to do with what we think our kids need to know and the best environment to accomplish this for the purpose of future success as an adult. There are many other factors (health, belief systems, safety, etc.) that are major ingredients in this debate, but this is what I believe it all boils down to at its most basic level. 

These questions and concerns need to also be applied to our children spiritually. We have a large responsibility to think about, care for, and engage our kids in matters of faith and God. Parents serve as the primary means, God’s perfect plan, for the generations to know and love Him. It is far more important that they know God than that they know math. (Sorry kids, math is still radically important!) Our minds need to be consumed with the pursuit of pointing our kids toward knowing Him. 

What does it mean to know God? To know God means to be in communion with Him. It means we don’t just know of Him or about Him, but that we are in relationship with Him. Through knowing His character, His ways, His promises, and His faithfulness, it leads us to place our faith and trust in Him. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ which has brought us forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God, we can be in relationship with the Father.

To know God in this personal way, we first must know of Him and about Him. The way that we can know about God, learning who He is, what He has done, and what He promises He will do…the way we can know of His character and learn of his faithfulness…the way we can learn of His grace, love, and mercy is through His Word. The Bible is at the crux of us and our children knowing God! There is no substitute.

This means that if we want our kids to know God, we have to bring them to the Bible. We have to teach them about it, why it is important, how we know it is true, and how it teaches us about God. At Providence, we believe strongly that the best way for this to happen is through the partnership of the church and the home. Mom and Dad, you have been placed as the lead disciple-maker of your children! In the home you are to open the Bible with your children and diligently teach them when you sit, when you walk, when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deut. 6:7) In other words, you have opportunities in the morning before school and when they go to bed at night. You have opportunities when you drive in the car and when you sit at the dinner table. These are all God given moments that are meant to be harnessed to teach our kids about God for the purpose of them knowing God. 

But you are not alone! We believe it is radically beneficial (may I even say important) for your kids to be in community with others like them, allowing other faithful and trusted voices to open the Bible with them. At Providence we provide environments where we teach the Bible and allow for small group discussion about what we see and learn. We do this for the purpose of leading kids to know God.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord tells us that there is nothing worth boasting in other than understanding and knowing God. We have to know about God in order to know Him. When we understand who He is and what He has done, it leads us toward a soft and repentant heart and through faith in Jesus, a restored relationship with Him. 

If this is of the greatest importance, let’s continue to partner together in helping our kids to know Him. It is a joy to unite together with you in building firmly rooted, authentic, resilient disciples!