Hearing the Lord's Word

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The Lord speaks to us in His Word, sharing wonderful truths that can help us to become a better husband or wife, parent, sister, brother, friend, or useful member of a community.

What do these passages from the Word tell us about the importance of hearing the Lord in His Word?

  • “Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear that your soul may live (Isaiah 55:2-3).
  • “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
  • “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15).
  • “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28).
  • “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63)
  • It is through the Word that the Lord is present with a person and conjoined with him, for the Lord is the Word, and as it were speaks with the person in it (Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 78).

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Encouraging children to read the Word

Parents can help their children develop the habit of reading and listening to the Lord’s Word. This creates opportunities for seeds of truth to find fertile soil in their lives.

Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful:

  • Read the Word together as a family. If you have young children, choose stories they will enjoy hearing. Introduce the story before reading it aloud. Discuss key aspects of the story such as people in the story, the time of day, and what happens in the story. You may wish to use Bible illustrations to help your children picture the story.
  • Encourage individual reading of the Word. Give children a copy of the Word when they are first learning how to read. Help them make a special place in their bedrooms for keeping the Word. Encourage your children to read the Word every day, even it is just a small portion.
  • Teach your children that the Word is the Lord speaking to us and that it teaches us how to follow Him so that we can go to heaven. It is important to hear or read from the Word every day because the more we read the Word, the more the Lord will help us understand it. And the angels are happy when we read the Word!

For more ideas and inspiration on this topic, read Teaching Our Children to Listen to the Lord’s Word by David R. Simons

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