I Don’t Know


Why is the sky blue?

How do planes fly?

Where did God come from?

Has a child ever asked you any of those—or similar—questions? Asking questions is how children learn. For every answer they receive, they have a dozen additional questions waiting to be asked. Some questions are easy. Others stump us!

It doesn’t help that we still ask similarly difficult questions as adults…

How can God be three in one?

Where is heaven?

How could Jesus be both God and man?

We won’t completely understand some things until we are finally in God’s presence. But just because we don’t fully understand the triune nature of God or the location of heaven does not make them any less true.

Still, there are other things we don’t understand that God does intend for us to know. And it’s up to us to share that information with the children in our lives. If we don’t know We can teach them a valuable lesson by answering truthfully and in age-appropriate ways.

If we do not know the answer to their question, the best response is:

“I’m not sure. Let’s look for the answer together in the Bible.”

And for the spiritual questions we just don’t have an answer for this side of heaven? The best response is:

“I don’t know yet. But someday, when we’re with Jesus in heaven, all our questions will be answered.”

So the next time a curious child in your life asks you a question about God, research the answer together. By doing so, you’ll nurture a desire to seek answers to their questions in the Bible!

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About Ava Pennington

Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. She moved from New York to Florida, leaving a twenty-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! She now teaches a weekly, interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300+ women from September through May. Of course, Ava writes. She has written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries. She has also been published in 25 anthologies, including nineteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts International. Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? If you’re looking for a speaker, she delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, please visit www.AvaWrites.com.


I Don’t Know — 2 Comments

  1. Wonderful post. How freeing to hear that it is OK to say “I don’t know.” Even better when you look it up for or with the child. Nobody knows all the answers, at least not on this side of eternity.

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