Many teens, and adults included, in today’s culture liken and compare God to the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. What can He do for me? Do you sense this with your children? Or, does your teen struggle with an entitlement that God owes him something?
What should you do to address this teen entitlement?
Many kids view God as a mere cosmic bellhop who jumps to their every request. And when He doesn’t, they complain that God doesn’t answer prayer and they allow themselves to abandon their faith.
Do they get this view of God from us as parents? It is found in Scripture that God always responds affirmatively to genuine prayers of salvation through Christ. But, when it comes to the extras in life, 1 Peter 3:12 says: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Let’s teach our kids the true nature and character of God. No one can knowingly live in sin and expect God’s earthy blessing as a reward.
Conversation starter: What are some ways you have dealt with entitlement in your home?
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