Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6
When our granddaughter was about two years old she was spending the night with us while her parents were away. She got up early in the morning, before I was ready to face the day. In an effort to prolong the time I could sleep, I pulled her into bed with us. Well, she was awake. So, she talked to herself. It was as if she was reminding herself of everything she was learning at the time.
Her conversation with herself went something like this, “1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, my favorite is purple. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP, QRSTUV, WXY and Z, now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me?” We found it down right amusing, even if it did keep us awake.
Shortly after this I was sitting with her at the breakfast table and she started again. As I was reading the newspaper she was reminding herself of what she had learned about God. I am sure I do not have her exact words but the gist of her conversation with herself was something like this, “Jesus is God and God is Jesus. He loves me, He really loves me. I love Him, He is always there.” It didn’t last long but the impression on me has lasted. She already has a habit of doing something that I try to do and try to teach others to do all the time.
Stella, at the ripe old age of 4, was developing the discipline of reminding herself what she knows about God. What great truths to have imbedded in her heart. Someday she will be very thankful for this information. She will have a problem and she will need to remember these truths about God and Jesus!
Interestingly, this is a discipline modeled for us in the Bible. When we read the Psalms it seems that David does this over and over again. In Psalm 63:6 –10 David was on the run in the wilderness of Judah, he is in distress. Look at what he says: “When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals.”
Because of God’s faithfulness to David in the past, he was confident, not only of what God would do for him, but how God would deal with his enemies. David was reminding himself, as well as those of us who would have his words to remind us, of God’s faithfulness!
In Psalm 86 David gives the same kind of testimony as he turns to God in prayer. He is running from his own son. “In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.” What confidence!
God has given us the scriptures to grow our faith, the more we know the more we grow. He has also given us little children to remind us that sometimes growing our faith can be so simple, we just need to remind ourselves what we have been taught and repeat it to our own hearts so we don’t forget it!
How much knowledge do you and I have stored in our hearts that we can use to help us remember God’s faithfulness when we need to? How disciplined are we about learning and remembering the truths of scripture?
Beth Bingaman is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer living in Reading, Pa. She is a mother and grandmother whose passion it is to teach the whole counsel of God with clarity, energy and humor. She teaches and speaks for retreats and women’s ministry events with the goal of challenging women to think and live biblically. You can read her devotional blog at www.bethbingaman.com or follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/BethBingaman or on twitter.