There are many things required when building a foundation in the Lord. One of them, I’m sure we all will agree, is consistently reading and studying our bibles. It is God’s Word given to us so that we may learn about our Creator, teach the Good News and build our faith. The other day, I was told it is good to find a version I enjoy reading.
Later on, this idea re-surfaced when thinking about my daughter’s spiritual development. When my wife and I read them Bible stories, we choose books with vibrant pictures and few words. The girls (ages 2 and 8 months) greatly enjoy their Bibles now, but what about when they are older? When they read their own “adult” Bibles, will they enjoy them? When they know right from wrong and can think logically, will my girls want to make God’s Word a part of their life’s foundation?
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Do you remember what you were taught growing up? I do, and everyone I’ve asked that question to remembers as well. I can logically conclude, therefore, that what I teach my children now will be with them for the rest of their lives. When their Bibles no longer contain pictures, will we still enjoy reading God’s Word together? I hope so. I hope they will continue to experience the joy that comes with studying the Bible and building a foundation in Christ for life. After all, children are building today the foundation for the church tomorrow.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”