Reflection: James tells us that just listening or reading the Word is not enough. We must respond to it, learn from it and grow with it. As fathers, our children should not only see us reading the scriptures but responding to and following the perfect law that gives freedom. Recently my seven-year-old son was reading the Bible at the table. He closed it and I asked him what he read, and he said he didn’t understand it. I stopped what I was doing and read it again with him, asking him questions and helping him understand. I probably don’t do this enough to be honest. It reminded
me to challenge myself – and you. Don’t just read the Bible for the sake of it but try to understand and follow its message. I pray that this Father’s Day, you’ll do this with your children. Those who aren’t fathers, I pray you will find someone to read the Bible with and not forget what you have heard. Because James tells us that by doing it, we will be blessed in what we do.
Questions: Who can you read the Bible with today and coach by asking simple questions of the text?
Prayer: We thank you Lord for your written word to us. We pray that we will treasure your word, read it daily and often and follow its message in our lives. Amen.
We’re reading the
Bible until September 8th with Rick Pekan. Rick is Bible Society Australia’s church and community relations coordinator in WA. With his wife Louise, Rick has been a foster carer for 40 children as well as having four children of their own.