Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
We are never out of God’s sight, the Bible tells us. As the children in the catechism class learn about God’s omnipresence, and how that means that He always sees us, is with us, and cares for us, we share with them how comforting that is when we are walking through what seems like our darkest valleys.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan’s allegory about the journey of a Christian from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City includes a riveting scene where the new believer, Christian, descends from one harrowing encounter with Apollyon, the ruler of his former abode, in the Valley of Humiliation into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, where our Pilgrim will have to contend with more frights and dangers.
I saw then in my dream, so far as this valley reached, there was on the right hand a very deep ditch; that ditch is it into which the blind have led the blind in all ages, and have both there miserably perished. (Psalm 69:14, 15)
Christian’s encouragement and strength, even through the darkest trials of the journey, were found in Scripture. The Psalms provided sustaining comfort; the Gospel promised salvation; the reflections of the Biblical saints on the everlasting faithfulness of God were palpable for this struggling young believer. He emerged from the Valley encouraged and confident in the Lord's trustworthiness. And do not overlook how essential the role of the other believer in this episode: "[Christian] perceived God was with them [the other], though in that dark and dismal state;' and why not,' thought he, 'with me? though, by reason of the impediment that attends this place, I cannot perceive it'." Publicly relying upon the Lord in the valleys of our lives is an encouragement to other believers -- imagine how it teaches our children to look to Jesus when they face sorrow and troubles!
Instill in your children a confidence in the Lord and His trustworthiness, that He is always nearby in times of distress, that He is everywhere, even in the darkest valleys, the deepest depths of the seas, the most distant stars in the universe, that though we cannot see Him, He always sees us and will deliver us, that not a hair of our heads can be disturbed without His decree determining it.
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