What Do Your Children Fear?

Posted on March 24, 2011 · Posted in Parenting, Ruling Desires

What do your children fear? This is a question that every parent must be able to answer.  Since children are by nature enemies of God, they begin life without the ability to hope in Christ.  This means that they are vulnerable to the darkness and fear of this world. So, the question is not whether your children will fear, but what they fear. This requires that you have an intimate understanding of the way your child views his world.  Each child is different. But each is in need of the same renewal and victory over sin that is found in Christ alone.

Psalm 62 says this:

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

The direct implication of these words is that all of us, including our children, will be shaken by life in some way, unless Christ is our fortress. In the next few posts we will look at the fears that younger children, older children, and teenagers face. If you have a specific fear you would like address, leave and comment and we will look at them.

I look forward to interacting with you about these things.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.