B is for…Believe
By Shelly Burke
(The posts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge will focus on teaching kids lessons from selected Bible verses. Adapt your teaching to the age of the kids you’re talking with.)
What do your kids believe?
Ask them if they can believe everything they see on TV, or the internet (obviously the answer is “NO”). Discuss times they’ve believed the false promises of a toy or electronic item they’ve seen on tv but realized in “real life”, the claim was exaggerated, if not outright false. Point out that anyone can say anything on most web sites, and TV too.
Can you believe everything someone tells you? Again, the obvious answer is “NO”. talk about a time someone lied to them or bent the truth.
Is the printed word always reliable? Your kids will probably realize by this point in the conversation that not everything written can be believed either. Give examples.
By now they may be wondering: What or who CAN I believe?
Of course there is only one thing, one person that we can count on to never, ever lie or mislead us.
The Bible, and the words of the Lord.
The words of the Bible were all given, by God, to the writers of the Bible. We can always, without question, know that His Word is true. Despite being written several thousand years ago, the Bible tells us how to live, what we should do and not do, and how to cope with any situation life might throw at us.
Paul’s letter to Timothy says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of god may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
We can believe that without question!
Next question: How will you know that the Bible says? By reading and studying it! Depending on the age of your children you can help them know the Bible by:
*Setting a good example; make your Bible study time a priority.
*Reading it to them. To help focus your mind and theirs on Bible study, start your time with these words: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
*Type or write out a simple Bible reading plan of one chapter/day (or several verses, depending on the age of your children). Have the kids write a brief summary of what they read every day.
*Read/take turns reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the date (today, April 2nd, read Proverbs 2. Talk about how the words in the Proverb for that day apply to “real life.”
*Pray that your kids (and you, too!) would desire to read and study God’s word.
Lord, please help me to teach my children to believe in You and Your Word. Amen.