Explaining God’s Sovereignty To A Child Who Has Been Abused

God’s sovereignty is often misunderstood and difficult to explain. This is even more complicated when trying to explain this great truth to a child who has experienced so much pain, rejection, heartache and loss. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge one has, or how many times someone has rehearsed in their mind the answer to this difficult question, you will never really be prepared to answer that question with total confidence.

If God is love then why was I abandoned, beaten, abused and neglected? This is a question that so many children struggle to find an answer to. For this reason it’s important that we help them process the truth of God’s sovereignty relationally, emotionally and biblically. If resolution between biblical truth and earthly experience is to be found, it will most likely come through a solid relationship with someone who is helping them process such a difficult questions emotionally and biblically.

In the video below, Michael Monroe reminds us that, in the midst of the tension that exists between God’s sovereignty and the brokenness of the world, there stands Jesus. The Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus did not consider it a privilege to be held in high esteem but humbled himself as a servant.

Philippians 2:5-8 says, Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

That Christ understands and identifies with the pain that we experience, that He too experienced pain, heartache and loss, is an important truth for hurting children to hear and understand. To communicate this truth will take the guidance of someone who is investing deeply in them relationally, emotionally and biblically. So as you walk with these children who have experienced so much pain remember to paint a beautiful picture of Christ while investing both emotionally and relationally with them.