Deb del Villar has been thinking about the importance of being good examples to our kids during this time of quarantine. Often it is during these difficult situations that their faith is strengthened. She came up with the idea of a quarantined scavenger hunt – having each letter stand for a different characteristic of God. So together we came up with the following verses.
Thanks for doing this. Deb.
In these unsettling, uncertain days, what are you communicating to your children about God and His character. Very often, it is during these times that young people begin to formulate or even cement what they think about God. Where is He during this? Why is He not doing something? Is He not powerful enough? Does He not care?
In our effort to pass on our biblical worldview, we must remember our children are trying to make sense of reality when it appears to not line up with their neat picture of God. What are you doing now to shape their theology when things have gone so terribly wrong? What are you conveying about God through your words and actions?
While a lot – almost everything – has been turned upside down and inside out – God is still in control and He is good. God is not the source of evil – Sin is!
Here is an exercise you might like to do – we used the word quarantined and came up with promises from God for each letter.
Q — Righteousness will bring peace and quietness.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. (Isaiah 32:17)
U — His understanding is unsearchable
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28)
A — Takes care of our anxiousness.
(I thought anxious might be a more common words for kids, though lots of kids today talk about anxiety.)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
R — We have redemption through His blood.
And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:24)
A — He has abundant mercy toward us.
Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. (Psalm 69:16)
N — God will never leave us.
… “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
T — God can be trusted.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
I — God will instruct you and counsel you.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)
N — His name is a strong tower, a place of refuge.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
E — God is a living God and His kingdom endures forever.
For He is the living God, enduring forever, His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and His dominion shall be to the end. (Daniel 6:26)
D — God will direct our path as you acknowledge Him.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)