By Carrie Ward
My kids are ages 10 to 15 now. We’ve been reading the Bible together — aloud — for the last 11 years. It occurred to me that some might ask the questions, “Why are you still reading to your kids?” And, “Can’t they read the Bible on their own?” These are understandable questions and here’s my thinking . . .
I have discovered something amazing in this verse: “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). The fact of the matter is that the insights of my children, along with their steady belief and faith, and their intelligent questions … these have all sharpened me. This little group of mine may be young, but they have been like a file in the hands of a mighty God, sharpening this rough mama! Yes, I want my kids to be equipped to study the Bible on their own. But, I also want them not to be embarrassed to ask someone for help as they seek to understand God’s Word. And I want them to be eager and willing when God prompts them to help someone else who may be struggling (Acts 8:27-31).
When I titled “Together,” it wasn’t just to mean a mom reads to her children . . . it also means a mom learns with her children. It’s about a husband and wife who can help each other. (I happen to know a young couple who are doing a Bible study together each morning, and reaping the reward of getting to know God together.) It also means a friend can say to another friend, “I’m struggling to read the Word. Could you meet me for breakfast or lunch a couple of days a week and maybe we could read the Bible together?” It means that Grandma can take that little grandbaby that she keeps once or twice a week and teach her about God and His Word.
“Together” means that we do not have to be our usual, independent, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of people. We can share our struggles and strengthen the body in the process (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
If you are having a difficult time reading God’s Word, tell someone and ask for help. If you notice someone struggling in this area, be quick to offer help. Whether alone or together, the goal is to draw near to God through His Word.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.