Fear of God Devotional: Probing Children in Spirtual Matters

How can fathers more effectively discuss spiritual matters with their children?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that as a father, it is important to gently and lovingly discuss theological matters with your children. He recommends that fathers ought to ask questions to a child at their age level or just a bit above it. Asking them questions about a specific passage or verse is an ideal way to do this.

Your questions should be asked in love, with good eye contact, and with care. After reading a Scripture passage, you can ask questions to your child like, “Have you ever had that happen in your life before?” You can also share examples and instances from your own life. Additionally, you can encourage your children to think about that verse or encourage them to ask God to teach them.

Deuteronomy 6:6-8 (NKJV) – “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”