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IF I COULD ASK GOD ANYTHINGawesome Bible answers for curious kids
By kathryn slattery
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2010 Kathryn Slattery
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Who Is God?
God is the Creator of everything, visible and invisible. God created heaven and the angels. God created time and space. From God's fingertips tumbled galaxies, stars, the sun, the moon, and our beautiful planet earth. God loved His creation so much that He didn't stop there. God created the oceans, the animals, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea. God created human beings (Genesis 1-2). God created you!
Every child has a biological or earthly mother and father. Earthly moms and dads are not perfect. Because they are human, they make mistakes. Earthly moms and dads can get tired and grumpy. They can have problems and get divorced. Because they are human, earthly parents can get hurt or sick and die.
The good news is that every child also has a spiritual parent, known as our Father God in heaven. God loves us perfectly and never gets tired or grumpy or sick. Best of all, God never dies.
God's children include all the people on earth. God's children include people who are living and people who have died. Do you know someone who is expecting a baby? God's children even include people who haven't been born yet (Psalm139:13-16).
Here's the best news: You are a child of God! (1 John 3:1)
Who is God? God is your Creator and your perfect Parent.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
Where Did God Come From?
The Bible says that God is both the beginning and the end (Revelation 21:6). This is because God is eternal. The word eternal means endless. How can God be eternal?
God is uncreated. God is not limited by time and space. God existed before the dawn of time. God created time!
God is unchanging. He is the same today as He was yesterday. He will be the same tomorrow. This is a hard idea for our human minds to understand. But it is true. You can always count on God.
The Bible says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever." (Psalm 136:1)
Because God is eternal, so is His love for you.
If God Is Invisible, How Can I Know He Is Real?
There are many things we can't see with our eyes, yet we know they are real. For example, we can't see gravity, but we know it is real. How do we know gravity is real? Because if you let go of this book, it will drop to the floor with a big thud!
Are you sitting in a room that is cooled by an electric fan or air conditioner? Is the page you are reading lit by an electric light? We can't see electricity, but we know it is real.
And what about your thoughts? Until you speak them out loud or write them on a piece of paper, your thoughts are invisible. Still, they are very real.
My favorite example of how we can know God is real even though we can't see Him is the wind (John 3:8). We can't see the wind, but we know it is real because we can feel it when it cools our skin on a hot summer day. We can't see the wind, but we can see treetops swaying. We can see clouds racing across the sky. We can see whitecaps on a choppy ocean. Sometimes the wind is a gentle breeze that barely stirs the leaves on the trees. Other times it blows as a mighty hurricane or tornado. We can also hear the wind when it whistles, whispers, moans, and roars. God is like the wind.
More than anything, God wants you to know that He is real and that He loves you. (1 John 3:1)
LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING: I am real. I created you. I love you. There is no other human being quite like you. you are special. I created you for Myself, and I have a very special purpose for your life on planet earth.
How Can I Know for Sure God Loves Me?
God is busy, that's for sure. He sends us sunshine by day and moonlight by night. He sends the snow and rain. He sends us flowers in the spring and beautiful colored leaves in the fall. God keeps the planets in their orbits and the stars in the sky. Because God does so much, it would be easy to think that He is too busy to love His billions of children. But God is not like us. God is perfect. With His perfect memory, He knows each and every person's name. Imagine that! God knows your name. God loves and cares for you a lot.
The Bible says that God cares so much about His creation that He knows every time a sparrow falls from the sky (Matthew 10:29). He knew you even before you were born (Psalm 139:13-16). God even knows exactly how many hairs are on your head! (Matthew 10:30). God loves you so much that He watches over you every minute of every day and night-even right now, as you are reading these words (Psalm 139:1-10).
There is another way you can know God loves you. Sometimes God speaks to you in your heart. Sometimes He calls you by your name. Although God is big and strong, His voice is a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear God's voice calling your name? Can you hear God's voice whispering, I love you?
Even when you can't hear God's voice, He loves you. Because God is your perfect Father in heaven, He always loves you with His perfect love (1 John 3:1).
How do you know God loves you?
Because the Bible tells you so.
Who Is the Trinity?
Over the years, this three-Person understanding of God became known as the Trinity. The word trinity means "three in one." The Trinity is a way to describe God.
The Bible teaches that God is made up of three persons. (Matthew 28:19)
1. God 2. God's Son, Jesus 3. God's Holy Spirit
How Can God Be Three Persons at the Same Time?
There are many examples to help us understand how God can be three different Persons at the same time. Take an egg, for example. An egg consists of three parts: the shell, the white, and the yolk. But the shell, the white, and the yolk are all part of the same egg. Or think about the relationships that you have with three different people in your life. You may be a daughter to your parents, a sister to your brother, and a niece to your aunt and uncle. But at the same time, you are still you.
Another great example of how God can be three Persons at the same time is water. When water is room temperature, it is a flowing liquid. When water is heated up in a teakettle, it becomes steam. When water is frozen, it becomes ice. But it is always water. The different forms that water takes enable it to serve different purposes.
God, your Father in heaven, is watching over you and waiting for you to join Him one day. God's Son, Jesus, walked and talked on earth to show people who God really is and to die for your sins. Jesus is in heaven now, sitting next to His Father. God's Holy Spirit is not limited by time or space, which allows God to live in your heart. The Holy Spirit guides you and whispers God's love to you.
The reason God is three Persons in one is so He can be with you every minute of every day.
Why does God want to be with you every minute of every day?
Because God loves you. (1 John 3:1)
How Do I Know God Has a Special Purpose for My Life?
When God makes snowflakes, each one is different. Some are big. Some are tiny. Some are star-shaped and pointy. Some are lacy and round. Some are heavy and wet. Some are light and fluffy.
If God makes billions and billions of different snowflakes, think how different and special He makes each one of His children!
You are special. There is no one else on earth exactly like you. Even if you are an identical twin, you are different and special on the inside. You are special because God has special work for you to do during your life. It is work that only you can do. It is the reason you were born.
You can know God has a special purpose for your life because the Bible says He knew you and loved you even before you were born (Psalm 139:13-16). You are God's special child, created to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). No one else can do these kind and helpful acts. God has prepared them for you-and only you-to do. Your mission in life is to discover what these good works are. Talk about an exciting adventure!
Here is a hint: the good works God has planned for you to do always have to do with love. You can be sure you are discovering God's special purpose for your life when you:
-> Tell your mom and dad you love them.
-> Hug your grandma and grandpa.
-> Write your aunt a letter and tell her how much you love and miss her.
-> Thank your teacher for working so hard.
-> Invite the new kid in school to sit with you at lunch.
-> Tell your friend you're sorry you hurt her feelings.
-> Listen to your friend who is sad.
-> Pray for your friend who is sick.
-> Show love for others by helping.
-> Show God how much you love Him by trying to love others.
What Does It Mean That I'm Created "In the Image of God"?
The Bible says that human beings are created "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27).
Because you are God's child, you are like God in many ways. Because God is loving, you can be loving. Because God has a sense of humor, you can laugh. Because God is joyful, you can be joyful. Because God knows sadness, you can cry. Because God is eternal, you have a soul that is eternal. Because God knows and loves you, it is possible for you to know and love Him (1 John 4:19).
God loves you so much that he wants you to live with him forever!
God loves you so much, in fact, that the Bible says that nothing-not even sickness or death-can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
How Can I Get to Know God Better?
When it comes to knowing God, kids are natural-born experts. It is grownups who often forget how to believe in God and need extra help! Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16). Then Jesus gathered up the children in His arms and hugged them.
HERE ARE THREE GOOD WAYS TO GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER:
1. Read your Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. The more you read the Bible, the more you will get to know and love God.
2. Spend time with God in prayer. Prayer is talking and listening to God. The best way to get to know someone is to spend time with that person. Spend time with God, and you will get to know Him better. God is waiting to hear from you! When you pray, God listens carefully. God speaks to you in your heart, and answers your prayers with His gentle voice (1 Kings 19:12; Psalm 34:15-17; 1 Peter 3:12). Sometimes God's answers are not what you might expect. Sometimes He says no or wait. But because God loves you, you can trust that He knows what is best for you.
3. Spend time with friends who believe in God. Friends who believe in God can share with one another what they know about God. Friends who believe in God can pray with and for one another. You will be amazed how much fun it is to be friends with kids who believe in God!
Do you know what God thinks about you wanting to get to know Him better? It makes Him so-o-o-o-o-o-o happy! Why does it make God happy? Because God loves you (1 John 3:1).
When God Looks at Me, What Does He See?
When God looks at you, He sees what other people see. He sees the outside. He sees the color of your hair and eyes. He sees you sitting at your desk in school. He sees you doing your homework. He sees you riding your bike. He sees you eating dinner. He sees you watching TV. He sees you talking on the phone with your friend. He even sees you when you are sleeping. God loves all these things about you.
But God also sees something else.
When God looks at you, He sees the inside of you too (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9). In fact, God is more interested in who you are on the inside than who you are on the outside. This is because who you are on the inside lasts forever and ever.
Who you are on the inside is called your soul. Your soul is made up of all your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and desires. Your soul is made up of the love in your heart. Are you kind to others? Are you honest? Do you like to laugh? These are the things that are important to God. These are who you really are. Even when your body dies, your soul lives on forever.
When God looks at you, He loves you completely ... inside and out.
God loves you so much that He wants you to live forever and ever with Him in heaven (John 3:16)!
Does God Care Whether My Body Is Skinny or Fat?
God does not care whether your body is skinny or fat. God does not care whether you are short or tall. God does not care whether your skin is brown or beige. God creates His children in all shapes, sizes, and colors. God loves all His children.
The Bible tells us that God made each of us "in an amazing and wonderful way" (Psalm 139:14 NCV). Because God made you special, you are one of a kind. Think about it. No one else has a body quite like yours! No matter what your body looks like or how it works, God loves you just the way you are.
At the same time, God wants your body to be as healthy as possible. He wants your soul to be healthy too (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 3 John 2).
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY BODY:
-> Eat foods that are good for you.
-> Get enough sleep.
-> Get lots of sunshine and as much exercise as you can.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY SOUL:
-> Talk and listen to God in prayer.
-> Spend time with friends who love God too.
-> Read your Bible.
-> Read books and watch TV shows that are wholesome and fun.
Why does God want you to have a healthy body and soul?
Because God loves you. (1 John 3:1)
What Do I Have to Do to Get God to Love Me?
Here is good news: You don't have to do anything to get God to love you! God loves you just the way you are (1 John 3:1). God loves you because you are His child. It's as simple as that.
God Loves You!
Does God Ever Sleep?
Because God loves you, He is always watching out for you. Because God is not human, He never gets tired or needs to sleep.
The Bible says, "The eyes of the lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them" (2 Chronicles 16:9 TLB). The Bible says, "The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers" (Psalm 34:15 NCV). The Bible also says that nothing, not even death, can separate us from God's watchful eye and His love! (Psalm 139:1-18; Romans 8:38-39).
At the same time, God understands how important it is for us to rest-especially after working hard. The Bible tells us that God worked for six days on His creation. He created the sun, the moon, the stars, and earth. He created all the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and all the animals. He created the first humans, Adam and Eve. And what did God do after all that creating? The Bible says that on the seventh day, God rested (Genesis 2:1-3).
The idea of taking time to rest is so important that God made a commandment about it: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy" (Exodus 20:8). The word sabbath means "to rest." Resting is good for our bodies. It is also good for our souls.
When you rest, there is only one thing that God wants you to do.
God wants you to remember that He loves you. (1 John 3:1)
What Are Some of God's Promises for Me?
Do you ever feel down in the dumps? Lonely? Worried? Guilty? Confused? Jealous? Angry? Everyone feels bad sometimes. It's part of being human. Because God cares about you, He knows when you are feeling low. Because God loves you, He wants to help you feel better (1 Peter 5:7). One way God helps you is through the Bible.
Remember, the Bible is not a dry, boring book. It is the living Word of God! Through the Bible, God is able to speak to you personally. In fact, the Bible is full of God's promises just for you. This is good news! Why? Because God always keeps His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9).
HERE ARE A FEW OF GOD'S PROMISES FOR YOU!
When you are lonely ...
-> "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go" (Genesis 28:15).
-> "I will not leave you ... I will come to you" (John 14:18).
-> "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
-> "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35, 37-39).
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