My daughter (just under 3yrs) and I have started a new tradition. In the early morning when she gets up, and her brother is still sleeping, we sit on the couch and read her Jesus Calling Bible Storybook for children. I love this book! It takes kids through all the great stories in both the Old and New Testament making each story easy for little ones to understand without watering down the message. It’s wonderful!
On our first morning we sat down to read about the beginning and “God’s Big Plan”, we read about God creating the heavens and the earth, the animals, and Adam and Eve. We finished up by reading about “Adam and Eve’s Big Mistake” and how God said, “Don’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If you eat the fruit, you will die.”
We read about God’s enemy Satan and that Satan is evil and “he always wants people to do bad things.” We read about Satan coming into the garden pretending to be a snake and that he lied to Eve saying, “You won’t die. If you eat this fruit, you will learn about good and evil, and you will be like God.” We read about Eve choosing to listen to him instead of God; and Adam did too. And how this act immediately changed everything and “made God sad”.
We turned the page to finish up with how this decision changed everything and God sent them away from the Garden, but that “God had a plan. He would come to earth as a baby and grow to be a man who would defeat Satan and rescue God’s children. Jesus would be His name.”
You can see how powerful this Bible storybook is! It speaks truth to kids on their level.
When we were finished with this portion, I was ready to talk with my little girl to see how much she was able to understand. I don’t expect a full book report from a child who isn’t even three, but I don’t want to underestimate her level of understanding either. Children have a way of surprising us that way. So I simply asked her what she thought.
What happened next both shocked me and touched my heart on a deep level.
A serious look formed on her face and she got up from the couch like she was on a mission. She sat the book on our foot rest/ottoman, and turned back to the page with the scenario in the Garden. She then looked at me with a fiery passion and sense of urgency saying, “I have to jump in the book!”
“I have to jump in the book and get the apple. I have to put it back on the tree!!” she proclaimed loudly. (She watches a lot of Super Why, a show where superhero kids jump in books to change the outcome if the character is being naughty, e.g. when Pinocchio lies, they jump in to teach him to tell the truth!)
WOW… I had a feeling I knew where this was going so I prompted her more, “Why do you need to put the apple back in the tree, honey?”
“Because God said ‘No, No’!” she replied.
“That’s right sweetie, God said ‘no’ but Adam and Eve didn’t listen to God, did they?” I asked.
With an irritated look forming on her face she answered, “No… naughty snake!”
Feeling more and more proud I continued, “That’s right! That naughty snake Satan lied to them and told them to eat the apple even though God said ‘No’! – What should they have said to that naughty Satan?”
Her response to this question is a powerful statement we should all take to heart!
She stood up tall, looked me right in the eyes and said boldly, “Shush! Be quiet!”
Wow… a statement so simple yet an proclamation that speaks volumes! An approach we could all benefit from!
The devil is out to bring us down, “he prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8. He is happy when he pulls us backward from what God has planned for us… he is also happy when he uses our own thoughts, insecurities, fears, etc. to keep us from moving forward!!
Something we can all take away from this precious account of a “child like faith” is this… there is no reason to debate with the enemy. When he starts speaking lies into our lives all we simply need to do is say to him, “Shush! Be quiet!” In other words – you’re a liar Satan! And I know the truth! “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2. His name is JESUS! And you, Satan, have already been defeated! So just – shush!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
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