Mom came to tuck Austin in--a nightly ritual in the Bronson home. "Austin, you used to have your Bible propped on your lap when I came in to say goodnight," said Mom. "What's happened lately? Don't you have devotions before you go to sleep anymore?"
"Sure. I pray after you leave," replied Austin as he sat on the edge of his bed.
"How about reading your Bible?" asked Mom.
"I don't read the Bible much anymore," admitted Austin. "I can't understand it anyway." As he spoke, Bella, his golden retriever, came in. She perked up her ears and looked at Austin. "Hey, Bella!" he greeted her. "Good girl, Bella. Come on . . . come see me." As Austin spoke, Bella inched closer and her tongue began to lick the air, itching to slobber her affection all over Austin's face. Suddenly, she could contain herself no longer. She leaped up, and all seventy pounds of Bella landed on Austin's lap. He fell back against the pillows, laughing, as Mom coaxed the dog out the door.
Mom came back and closed the door. "Austin, why do you talk to Bella?" she asked. "Do you think she understands every word you say?"
Austin laughed. "Of course not, but I like to talk to her anyway," he replied. "She always listens. And she does understand a lot of things--like come, sit, fetch, walk, and roll over. She keeps learning new words all the time."
Mom nodded and picked up Austin's Bible. "Do you know that God talks to us through His Word?" she asked.
Austin looked at the Bible in his mother's hand. "Okay. I get the point, Mom," he said. "God likes to talk to me even if I don't understand everything, just like I like to talk to Bella. So I should keep reading my Bible even if I don't understand a lot of things in it."
Mom nodded. "Like Bella, you do understand some things, but you need to keep learning new things from Him," she said. "Maybe we can look into getting you a translation of the Bible that's easier for you to read and understand."
"That would be great!" said Austin. Mom smiled, handed him his Bible, and kissed him goodnight.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you keep reading your Bible even if you don’t understand everything it says? God speaks to you through His Word, but you have to read it to find out what He says. Find a translation of the Bible that you can understand, and don’t stop reading it. Don’t stop listening when it’s being explained. The more you listen, the more you’ll learn.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 3:14 (KJV)
You must continue in the things which you have learned.
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