Familiarity breeds contempt. This saying has been around since the days of the
early Greeks, some 2,600 years ago. In a
similar vein Jesus observed that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown (John
4:44 ESV ). What about the Bible? As a
reader of this blog, the Bible is no doubt a familiar subject in your home. But how is the Bible viewed by your children?
Before you answer this question, take a moment to think carefully about this
verse in Psalm 19:
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
What is the reaction that
the Word of God brings in the everyday life of your family? Is it like this one
in Psalm 19? Give this careful thought. We will take a probing look at this in
the next post.
2 thoughts on “The Bible and Your Children”
I’m looking forward to this one Jay! I hope you touch on the issue of using God’s word for discipline rather than punishment.
My daughter, Hannah, is 21 months old. We recently bought “The BIG Picture Story Bible” by David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker. She has dozens of books, but always goes back to this one. We make our Bible story time consistent at night before she goes to bed. At first, we didn’t let her look at it other than this time, because we wanted to show her how important it was from other books. She rips up a lot of her other “flip-up” books, so we watch her carefully with her Bible. She will run to her bedroom throughout the day, saying “Bible? Bible?”, and will carry it up into the chair to look through it. She’s always mesmerized it seems by the images. I believe it brings joy to her heart, as we know it does to ours.