One of a child’s most basic needs is security. Children need to know that an adult will always be there and that they will never be left alone. Children need to live in homes that offer a secure and stable environment where they are loved and nurtured. Children who experience abandonment from a parent often struggle with insecurity and may display their insecurity in a variety of ways. Some children may become withdrawn, while other may become angry and disobedient. But even in a secure, loving, stable environment, children may struggle with insecurity from time to time.
God’s promises are comforting and reassuring to children as well as adults. One of God’s most comforting promises is His promise to never leave us. He is with us all the time—24/7. Joshua 1:9 (NIV) says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” And in Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) we read, “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
A good way to teach spiritual lessons to young children is through kid-friendly books that explain biblical truths in age-appropriate ways. One of my books in the Little Blessing series is titled, Is God Always with Me? As Kaitlyn, Parker, Jack, and Zoe learn the many different ways that God is with them, your child will absorb these truths and be able to apply God’s promises to their own lives. The story is in a question and answer format with Scripture verses included in the back of the book.
Teaching your children that God is always with them will help them to feel more secure. Perhaps they will echo the words of King David, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me” (Psalm 16:8 NLT).