Reading the Bible – Kids Style
So today’s devotion with my kids (which anyone reading this is welcome to use, men in particular) was on reading the Bible. (To check out yesterdays on Prayer click here). Well given that only one of my kids can fully read the Bible the proper title is really reading the Bible or having it read to you.
I started by asking each of my kids how they learnt about their favourite topic and they answered from reading books, chatting with people and watching TV. I then spoke of how we can learn about how to live our lives, to be good Christians by reading or being read the Bible. I shared how the Bible is the most important book ever produced and that it is how God communicates to us. I shared how the Bible teaches us how best to face challenges and difficulties.
And then we relocated to a store room that with the lights off is completely dark and where I had planted some treats. We stood in the darkness and I told the kids to find the hidden treats. They stood still protesting not being able to see, so then I produced a torch and together we searched the storeroom for the treats. Then I told them that the torch is like the Bible, guiding us through the challenges of life.
We returned to the house where I read:
33Point out your rules, LORD, and I won’t disobey even one of them.34Help me to understand your Law; I promise to obey it with all my heart.35Direct me by your commands! I love to do what you say.36Make me want to obey you, rather than to be rich.37Take away my foolish desires, and let me find life by walking with you.38I am your servant! Do for me what you promised to those who worship you.39Your wonderful teachings protect me from the insults that I hate so much.40I long for your teachings. Be true to yourself and let me live. Psalm 119:33-40
I reinforced how God works through the words of the Bible so as to guide us in our lives. And then as an example of how alive and engaging the Bible is, I read a passage that is a popular one with our kids:
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.
While Matty my 6 year old put on some armor (see above) that I had made with him a week before! Wonderful way to end! Praise God!!
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