I hope I never forget a conversation I had with Tamasin and Henry my two oldest children last night. Already my kids know most of the bible stories well and like me can become almost too familiar with them. I suddenly realized that we had never told them the story of Job, however. So, reading slowly and stopping along the way to discuss it and where necessary paraphrasing, the ESV version of Job 1 became their bible story last night.
I so look forward to Reuben getting to the age where he can begin to comprehend the depths of the Scriptures. Just last night I read to him out of a book of Bible stories about “The Man Who Said ‘Thank You’”, and he got at least a bit of it, since lately he’s learning to say “Thank You” and be grateful. But even more exciting is when he and I can begin to have conversations such as Adrian relates:
I read the words “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and…” and I stopped right there. I asked them- what do you think he did? Why did he fall on the ground? One of my children asked “Was it to kill himself?”
The shock of the next word is almost the biggest shock in the book. What did Job do? He worshipped.
The love and interest shown by Adrian to his kids will certainly have a lasting impact on them. They will never forget how their father took the time to tell them stories and help them learn and grow. I pray that I can have that kind of a relationship with my children. But another thing that this story reminded me of is that our worldview is tested and proven in difficulty. I can read my children Job from the womb to the day they leave my household, but if I don’t live out my beliefs in hard times, if what I believe doesn’t sustain me through the worst that life has to give, then all that I said to them will be greatly damaged, as they will see me for the hypocrite that I am.
What about your worldview? Does it give hope in difficulty? Will it sustain you even if you do everything right and yet evil still befalls you?
I personally haven’t known much difficulty in my life. If and when it comes, my hope and prayer is that I will be able to say with Job, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” If so, it will be far and away the most effective teaching on worldview I will ever give to my children.