The Bible is a very essential tool for everyone but more so to children. This is because a child’s mind easily grasps truths when he/she is young and is likely to keep it in their mind throughout his/her adult life.
The Bible brings to life attributes of God through nature, and the many miracles He did in the past and even in our present lives. For instance, children love to see the sun, moon, stars, different animals and cannot often grasp how they came to existence.
Take for instance in John chapter 2:1-1, there was a wedding in Cana where Mary mother of Jesus was attending, and Jesus and his disciples were invited too. When Mary informed Jesus that the wine had run out, he quickly issued an instruction that water jars should be filled with water. He instantly performed a miracle and the water became wine and it was enough for the guests. When a child grasps the fact that God can change a situation instantly, they begin to develop trust in Him to provide for the small things like toys, bicycles, food, money for school fees, etc.
Children need to understand that the Bible is not just any other book. They need to get to a point where they appreciate that they need the Bible to take refuge in it, to find hope in times of fear, to seek direction in making a difficult decision, and to know how God wants them to live their lives.
Parents need to invest in buying Bibles for their children. Luckily there are appropriate Bibles for different age groups. You can begin with Bible stories that contain pictures and minimal write-ups so that the child can see and understand that God formed the world from nothing. After this level, the child can graduate to a complete Bible with illustrations so that they can relate with the story easily and ultimately a complete Bible with other additional information e.g. maps, concordance, footnotes, study notes, and many more.
In this uncertain time, we can teach our children to depend on God by reading for them stories where God came through for his people in times of distress. Here are some uplifting verses,
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (ESV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1(ESV)
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
Bible Society of Kenya has a variety of children Bibles. Kindly visit us on shop.biblesociety-kenya.org for these and more.