|Junior Bible Quiz|
It seems like yesterday that my 9 year old started quizzing. I remember all too well the struggles we had with just getting him to study. He just couldn't understand why we were having him memorize scripture. He was sure he would never use it.
One of the first scriptures he learned was from Psalm 119:11
"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
It isn't enough for our children to obey us or keep away from trouble because "Mommy and Daddy say so." Obedience of this kind only works for awhile - we are looking for obedience from the heart. Doing what is right because it IS right and lines up with the Word of God.
Fast forward 4 years and he is now reaping what's been sown. We are seeing the fruit of his labor in action.
While interacting with other kids in the neighborhood and beyond, my son is able to gauge whether or not he should watch a particular movie or play a particular video game:
"I will set before my eyes no vile thing."
Whether he should continue to listen/partake in a conversation:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
What to look for in a friend:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
It is so encouraging to hear my son making right decision in these situations. Because of his relationship with Jesus and time spent studying the Word, he can hear the Holy Spirit bringing direction, correction and guidance to handle life's situation. It gives me hope for his future as he grows into the man God has created and called him to be.
I think that's a great reason to memorize scripture!