Kids, Stars and God

Kids, Stars and God - Parenting Like HannahDid you ever stop and think about how many times stars are mentioned in the Bible? Of course there is the creation of the stars, then Abraham being promised as many descendants as the stars and of course the star that led the wise men to Jesus. Those aren’t the only times God sued stars to teach His people something. Stars are actually mentioned several dozen more times in the Bible.

From “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3 NIV) to “He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name.” (Amos 5:8 NIV) stars play a large role in the Bible.

Want to enjoy the beautiful weather and the nights that are coming more quickly, while also teaching your kids about God? Take your kids out where you can see the stars. The farther out in the country you go, the more you can see. (Having lived in cities for so long, when we go out and see a country sky of stars, it takes my breath away!) Before you go, challenge your older kids to find as many verses in the Bible about stars as they can. The exercise can be a great way to teach your kids how to use a concordance or the internet to find Bible verses they need.

Have each child write down a few of their favorite verses about stars and take them with you. You and your spouse can be prepared to tell the stories of Creation, God’s promise to Abraham about his descendants and stars and of course the star leading the wise men to Jesus. As you look at the night sky, have your kids share their verses. You and your spouse can share the Bible stories. Talk about how God has named the stars. Discuss the constellations mentioned in the Bible and try to find them. Have fun with it, but also use the experience to help your kids see God.

If you have young kids who go to bed too early to see the night sky or it’s a school night, consider using the day sky. Find verses about the sun. Look up scriptures about clouds. At some times of the year you can still see the moon during the daylight hours and discuss verses about the moon. Tell your kids that even though they can’t see the stars because of the daylight, the stars are still there in the sky. Remind them God is always there too, even if at times we may not be able to see Him because we allow what is happening in our lives to hide God from us. Teach your kids that God is always there, always loves us and is always faithful.

The sky has always helped man see God. Enjoying it with the Bible can bring an extra dimension to the experience for you and your children.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)