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By   •   February 28, 2013   •   Topics: ,

Q:

We have two small boys, and we worry about the world they're going to be facing when they grow up -- a bad economy, wars, a breakdown in morals, and so on. What can we do to help prepare them for such a scary future?


A:

The best thing you can do is to provide them with a solid foundation of faith — faith in God, faith in Jesus Christ, and faith in God’s Word, the Bible.

After all, every generation faces challenges; the world has seldom been a peaceful or easy place to live. By the time they’re grown, your sons may have to face challenges that aren’t even on the horizon right now. What will keep them steady in the midst of life’s storms? What will give them the moral and spiritual strength they’ll need? Only God can do that — and He will, as they learn to put their trust in Him and be guided by His Word.

Teach your sons — simply but clearly — that God not only exists, but also that He loves them and wants to help them. Teach them, too, about prayer, and about Jesus Christ and what He did for us by His death and resurrection. Teach them, as well, the importance of the Bible to guide them through life. (Your local Christian bookstore can suggest a Bible storybook for children.)

Above all, ask God to help you be an example to your children of what it means to follow Jesus. Your words to them are important, but so is your example. God’s will — for both you and your children — is that “you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15).

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7 Comments

  1. Patrick says:

    Dear Reverend Graham, I remind people of the Holy Bible's passage in Deuteronomy 11:19 about the need for fidelity; when parents worry about their children's Christian morals and Religious virtues not maturing properly: “Teach them to your children”

  2. DIPAK says:

    Our God is a God of Abraham,Issac and Jacob,He iis a covenant keeping God,We do not know the future of our childern,but we know the God in which future of our childern is,So obey Gods word ,fulfil your resposibilty,rest thing God will take care.

  3. Karen says:

    To raise a child in such a time as this is very hard.But as a mom I try to drench my child in God's word in everything we do.And pray a lot and read God's Word daily.

  4. Jeff says:

    The enemy has put many many different fears in this world for us to hang on to. But our God has not given us a spirit fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Cultivating a heart of prayer is a sure way to experience gods presence

  5. Lewis says:

    What if all that read this says a prayer for these two boys as I just did……

  6. David says:

    I would add that they shouldn't be brought up with the mindset that the future is indeed 'scary'. While sin is in the world, and there are scary things we all do and will face, it has always been that way. May they know Christ overcomes all!

  7. Dr SAS says:

    By the time they are grown up — Christ will be back here