Your children are bombarded by a culture that tells them that everything (including them!) exists randomly, by chance. To me, this doesn’t give much hope for humanity! This worldview tells me that life in general has very little value or worth. If chance and randomness have created life, then meaning is elusive. Meaning and purpose are diminished to finding ways to serve myself at the expense of others, who are only random components of my world. That’s probably why we see in our culture so many people who marginalize, use, abuse and cancel other people. Chance disregards the value of people. Randomness minimizes purpose.
A Biblical Worldview
This prevailing worldview is in direct opposition to the Biblical worldview. Your children are not learning a Biblical worldview in their secular classrooms. It’s going to be up to you to help your children understand the hope that lies in the truth of being purposefully created by God. The Bible teaches us that God created all things, including us, with intention. We exist because God wanted us to exist. And this is an amazing concept because it shows us that God values His creation and has a relationship with His creation.
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Created by God’s Will
The Bible tells us that we are created by God’s own will. Revelation 4:11 says,:
Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.
We exist because God wants us to exist and wills us to exist. Being created implies intention, planning, care and even relationship! There is nothing random about God creating. He is very purposeful with creation. And all of creation is tied to God’s will. That word translated as will has a root meaning that goes way beyond the utilitarian. We are not created as work horses or slaves. The root word means to be fond of doing, to take delight in, to have pleasure in. When God creates, it’s an act of delight and fondness on His part. Knowing this helps us to see the value that God places on his creation.
In Psalm 139, we see some additional detail about how God created us. First, consider the word translated in verse 15 as “skillfully wrought”. That word literally means to mix colors. It’s a word associated with needlework, as if using color to skillfully weave a tapestry. Now, move down to verse 16 where we see our days have been ordained. That word means to purpose or pre-determine. All of your days are purposed, from the beginning. We see detail, skill and planning. No random thought here! No chance creation!
For You created my innermost parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, because [i]I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [j]frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in Your book were written
All the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Planned from the Beginning
Psalm 139:13-16 tells us that God creates the deepest parts of our being, plans how many days we will live and He did all of this before we were born. That means the God made you specifically for this time and this season, this family, and these children. You have purpose, given to you by God himself. Your children might have been unexpected to you, but they were planned by God from the very beginning. So teach your children this, help them find value in the fact that God created them, purposefully! And teach your children that all other people are created this way as well. We value others because God planned them, too! They also have a purpose and are skillfully wrought by God himself. This impacts the way we treat others. If other people are valuable to God, they must be valuable to us!
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Have your children read Genesis 1:1 if they can read. If not, read it to them and help them memorize this verse.
Now ask, “What did God create?” (let your child answer) God created everything! Or God created the heavens and the earth.
Now, let’s look closer at what God created. Read Genesis 1, the whole chapter.
How many days did it take God to create everything? (let your child answer) 6 days
- What did God create on the first day? (day and night, Genesis 1:3-5)
- What did God create on the second day? (the sky, Genesis 1:6-8)
- What did God create on the third day? (The land, the seas, plus plants, trees, Genesis 1:9-13)
- What did God create on the fourth day? (Sun, the moon and stars, Genesis 1:14-19)
- What did God create on the fifth day? (Sea creatures and birds, Genesis 1:20-23)
- What did God create on the sixth day? (Livestock, wild animals, people, Genesis 1:24-31)
What did God say about his creation? It is good
Now it’s time to have some fun learning about creation. The following activities will help your child learn interactively!
- Have your children act out each day of creation. Ask them the above questions again and let them act out the answer.
- Have kids act out one of their favorite creatures that God created. See if you can guess what they are!
- Have your children draw a picture for each day of creation, showing what God created.
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