Do You Tell Stories?

If you are interested in your children living a life of faith, you need to tell stories! The Psalmist wants God’s people to vividly remember the great deeds of God in redemptive history. Then, he pledges that his children will hear these stories:

We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.
— (Psalm 78)

“We will not hide these truths from our children.” This is an important step towards raising children who will live for God. You do this by intimately knowing the rich biblical narratives that tell of the faithfulness of God to his people. Learn the context of the great stories of faith presented in Scripture. The biblical narratives don’t speak of human super-heroes who were flawless in living their faith. These stories are about flawed people, just like you and me, who at critical moments lived by faith because they loved God.

Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and Jehoshaphat all had obvious lapses of faith, but lived lives that must be retold to your children. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Deborah, Josiah, and Ruth lived in faith so that we could follow their example. Their stories are filled with drama, passion, rescue and redemption. The battles of the human heart remain unchanged. Your children will learn from their failures and be encouraged by their victories.