I recently read this passage and saw immediately in Scripture the format I learned the hard way. Lol.
In five short verses, we are given a simple model of how to share about God's Word in our lives and circumstances.
It clearly says when your children ask. Okay, there is an assumption that we open the door for questioning and we are discusding truth from the perspective of God's commands not man's. Sometimes, that is the hardest door to open. But when it is this is a simple model to follow.
Here is what you do...
1. Tell my/our story in God's story.
2. Explain the circumstances simply.
3. Give God's name.
4. Show God's character.
5. Explain how God moved in the circumstances.
6. Explain how we should respond.
Did you notice that more attention is focused on God?
I love this because it gives God the glory and not my pain or suffering.
Don't get me wrong. I know there is a cathartic healing that comes in processing our pain. But that is a totally different circumstance than this. That should happen at the feet of someone that can help you see and discover God in your circumstances.
This is more about telling others about why and how God's Word provides us our healing. Save the catharsis for your place of receiving. This is about the moment when you know and are healed so you can give.
I had so much to learn. God has taught me so much. I am still learning. I love that He is giving me truth through His story so I am better at sharing His character.