When difficulties come, do you troubleshoot? Are you like me and like others to solve things for you? I like to complete and finish things but, when it comes to solving a problem, I think I’m lazy or can’t be bothered.
I’d like to learn to tackle troubles straight on and not avoid the challenges these present. To do this I would need to be alert, not tired and in a teachable mood with a good attitude. However, when these parameters are not in place then chaos can ensue.
God loves us to bring him our troubles and difficulties. He is the Master at unravelling tangles and he can give us his perspective and wisdom so that we can overcome. He can actually show us the steps to get over the challenges and hardships if only we would simply ask him.
The Psalmist says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1) or as the New Century Version of the Bible says, “God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble.” So, let’s take him at his word. We can encourage children to take God at his word, too. They so easily have simple faith beyond what we adults have so it is never too early to learn some good habits.
Each of the 8 books that form ‘The Creation Series’ of Diamond Books (aimed at reading to 3-4 year olds) has a Bible verse in it that can be memorised. Then, children can develop a bank of verses that they will remember all their lives. So, when in trouble, they can recall Psalm 46:1 (for instance) and be encouraged and call on their Maker to help them and He will!