The world is a scary place right now and to explain current events to young children is complicated.
Through the eyes of little people, the current world conflict is something happening just down the road from where they live; it instills fear. For that reason, my husband now refrains from watching his usual political newscasts and updates on the Middle East when the grandkids are around.
So how do we talk with our children about the Middle East situation and horrific acts of violence being committed against humanity? I propose we talk hope.
Radical extremists use fear to incite anger and hatred in an effort to perpetrate acts of violence. Hope, on the other hand, is quite the opposite of fear. True hope allows us to live in the present with confidence and face the future with courage regardless of the situation.
Today’s world seems to be filled with a hope based on feeling or desire, you know, the response that says I hope you feel better; hope things work out for you. It’s a hope based on wishful thinking rather than the secure confidence of the promises found in God’s Word.
I want my grandchildren to know about a source of hope that ties them to God’s unbreakable cord of trust in all circumstances; including the unpredictable times in which they now live. I don’t want them to wish for change, I want them to know with complete confidence that God IS the change if they place their hope in Him.
Young children around the world need to know that even though the world teeters on the edge of self-destruction the God of Abraham is not dead. His promises remain true and are an anchor in the face of opposition and persecution; the source and object of hope for all mankind.
So while extremists and radicals inject fear, hate and violence into the minds and spirits of their young recruits, I suggest we inject blessed Biblical hope into the minds and spirits of our children and future leaders. Let us teach them to love as Jesus loved, have hope in the promises of God and unwavering faith that God has a plan and purpose for all of humanity.
I will continue to share with my grandkids that God is not restrained by circumstances and that hope and faith (in God) are powerful allies when united with the Word of God. When that coalition takes place, He promises to arise and scatter the enemy.
“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.” Psalms 68:1
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.” (Psalm 130:5)