Children need instruction to apply Scripture to issues of authority, obedience, conflict resolution, and God-given roles in relationships. Everyday life affords scores of opportunities to connect Scripture to life — from lost book-bags to broken friendships and poor test grades. Scores of training opportunities evaporate without notice as we hurry through our days thinking that devotional time with our children is enough. Our responses to the circumstances and crises of everyday life make our theology real. Bible stories glow with illustrations of children whose knowledge of Scripture translated into obedient, bold action. David's words to Saul sound naive and childish in the face of the Philistine army and the terrifying threats of Goliath, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him" (1 Sam. 17:32). But David's spiritual life and experience as a boy shepherd resounds with his right to speak. "But David said to Saul, 'Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.... Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.... The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine'" (1 Sam. 17:34–37).
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