“Most of the scripture I know today, I learned when I was a child.” That was the consensus of my journey group as we sat talking about Psalm 23 last Sunday night. We discussed how those verses became a stronghold in our lives because we were taught them at a young age. I can personally remember reciting verse 4, “When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because you are with me” anytime I was afraid. I can recall several nights when I laid in bed thinking of all the creepy things in the dark and I said that verse over and over to take away my fears. Scripture memorization is important at every age, but there are so many benefits to teaching your children God’s Word while they’re young.
Children absorb information so much easier than adults.
Children’s brains are like sponges. When we held a books of the Bible challenge in TrueKidz last year, there were kids who learned every single book of the Bible in two weeks! Growing up, my family had a song to Matthew 6:33 and I can still remember every word. Songs help kids learn scripture even better and we utilize this in our children’s ministry.
Teaching your children scripture makes them appreciate God’s Word.
By challenging your children to learn Bible verses, you’re showing them the value you put into learning it. If they know from the time they can read that we should set time aside to read our Bibles, they can carry this discipline into their teenage and adult years.
They can have verses to hold onto their whole lives.
I can still say Psalm 23 to this day, and even though I no longer say it when I’m afraid of the dark, this verse has taken on new meaning through different experiences I’ve faced in my life. That’s how amazing God’s Word is! He can use the same verse to comfort and help us at any age!
God uses His Word to shape and mold us at every age. By teaching your child scripture when they are young, it helps them combat and be prepared for wherever life will take them. I encourage you to take a look at the family devotionals we send home each week in TrueKidz. Open up your Bible with your family at home and encourage them to memorize the new verse we learn each series. I can guarantee you won’t regret taking this extra time out your week to help your child grow to know the Lord even more.
Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”