"Read some more."
"No, it's bed time."
"No, it's not. We still have 10 minutes."
"We're at the end of the chapter."
"Well, can you read the Bible?"
How can a mom say no to that request? I knew my girls were just making up requests to keep from going to bed, but my heart couldn't say no when they asked for the Bible.
"OK, any requests for a particular story?"
"Noah and the ark," said my oldest.
"David bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem," said my 9-year-old. What an odd story for her to choose, I thought.
What started as a stalling tactic, ended as a half hour conversation about God and the Bible. You see, my kids have heard the story of Noah's ark over and over again, but I'm not sure they've ever read the actual version in the Bible. We do a family devotional as many evenings a week as we can manage. We talk about God and the Bible as often as we can fit it into the conversation. We look up verses in the Bible to make a point. But it dawned on me last night as I swiveled my head from child to child to answer their many questions that we rarely just read the Bible to them.
When I asked my younger daughter why she had chosen the story of the return of the ark of the covenant, she said, "We learned about it at church, but they made it sound more exciting than what you read." I explained that it was exciting, but her class had probably tried to put it into terms the kids would understand. It dawned on me that even in her class at church, she wasn't that often using her Bible.
My kids went to bed a half an hour late last night, but that half hour was probably the most important one of their day. You see, we can send our kids to all sorts of church classes, we can do family devotionals, we can talk with them about God, but our kids won't accept that the Bible is the source of wisdom if they never read it or use it.
Make it a point in your home to read the Bible with your kids. Stop and answer their questions. Let them understand the truth of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
We want our kids to be "thoroughly equipped." They can only do that if they have access to and are constantly exposed to God's word. Take a few minutes today to read the Bible with your kids. It will be the best-spent time of your day.
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