Recently, our family’s nightly Bible time seemed to have hit a rut. In response, we decided to change up the format. We asked all three children to write down five questions a piece they wanted to be answered. We were implementing our very own “Questions & Answer” segment. The reaction of the youngsters was astounding (ages 11, 8, and 4). They couldn’t wait! Every day at the dinner table, they inquire to know whose question is going to be discussed. It has reinvigorated our attempts to “teach them diligently” and “talk to them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Now as to the list of questions they proposed, this is what stood out to me. Honestly, I was expecting the normal “did Adam and Eve have belly buttons” or “how tall was Goliath really”? After all, the majority of Bible class curriculum for children consist of colorful Old Testament stories of men such as Noah, Moses, and David. But that was not at all what they wanted to know. They wanted answers to these types of questions:
- Who is God?
- Why does God love us?
- How is God everywhere?
- How is God alive but no one created Him?
- What is God’s power?
- Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
Remember when Paul preached the sermon on Mars Hill to the people of Athens? Starting in Acts 17:24, Paul said, “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:24-27, NASB). It is human nature to want to know where we came from and how we got here. We desire to seek these answers. Thankfully, evidence of God is abundantly available in this world through nature (creation) and divine revelation (the Bible). Unfortunately, so many are in darkness about God, refusing to accept the clear evidence. If only they would reach out and grope for Him. He is not far from any, who with an honest heart, will examine the evidence for His existence. God does not leave the unbeliever without witness, but even blesses them in this life (Acts 17:14; Matthew 5:45). He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3).
- “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1).
- Paul wrote, “for since the creation of this world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
- Pertaining to the Bible, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
It is amazing to me that children, innocent and inexperienced in life, have a desire to know God. They can look at nature and understand there is a design (Psalm 139:14). They can be taught the sacred writings from childhood that gives them the wisdom that leads to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15). Maybe you are seeking these answers as well? Who is God? Why should I care about Him? It all boils down to this: He is worthy! He is worthy “to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (Revelation 4:11). Now if that doesn’t give you the motivation to reach out for Him, I don’t know what will.