Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
In God I trust, I will not be afraid.
Fear is an emotion common to all of us. Sometimes fear is a gift—something that warns us of danger and prompts us to be on our guard. But that is not the kind of fear Liz and his friends are dealing with in this episode. They face some of the more common fears that kids experience—fear of the unknown, fear of a new challenge, or fear of punishment.
What do you do when you are afraid? Do you worry? Do you run? Do you hide? Do you refuse to take risks? The Bible verse that encouraged Liz and his friends is one that we would do well to remember and teach our children. “In God I trust, I will not be afraid.” Is this your testimony? Are you teaching your children to trust God when they are afraid?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What was Scooter’s greatest fear?
A. Going to the principal’s office.
Q. Why was Liz afraid?
A. He had to go to the dentist.
Q. What made Spike so afraid?
A. Speaking in front of a group of people.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why does putting our trust in God take away fear?
Two reasons are: 1) Because God loves us. 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. It goes on to assure us that God’s love is love put into action: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Love like this “drives out fear” (verse 18). So, when we are loved by God’s perfect love, there is no room for fear.
2) Because God has promised to be with us in every circumstance, even those that make us afraid. As Psalm 23 reminds us, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Memorizing Psalm 23 would be a great family project.) And, Isaiah 43:1 assures us, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
When we belong to God we are loved and we will never be alone. Therefore, when we feel fear, we can turn to God, accept his love and his presence, and our fear turns into trust.