The Bible is God’s gift to every believer
by Billy Graham
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Q: I know I'm supposed to read the Bible, but I've never been much of a reader and I just have a hard time getting going. Will God forgive me if I don't read the Bible? Maybe the Bible is just for preachers. — Z.F.

A: Certainly, preachers do need to read the Bible; it should be the source for their preaching every week. One way you can learn more about the Bible is by listening carefully to your pastor's sermons or Bible studies each week.

But the Bible isn't only for preachers — not at all! The Bible is God's gift to every believer, and He gave it to us so we could know what to believe and how to live. He also wants us to come to know Him and learn to walk with Him through its pages. Some people have a gift for teaching its truths, but we all have the privilege of opening its pages and learning what God has in store for us. We all should be able to say with the Psalmist, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).

Get a Bible you can read easily; my wife used to say that a Bible with tiny, unreadable print was one of the devil's most clever tools! Use a modern translation also, so you don't get bogged down in language you can't understand.

Then set aside time daily to be alone with God, reading the Bible and praying. It may be only a few minutes at first, but they'll be the most important minutes of the day. Since reading isn't easy for you, read your Bible in small “bits.” Select a book (such as a Gospel or Psalms) and read a paragraph or so, asking God to help you understand it and apply it to your life.

Q: Is it worth it to try to teach young children about God or the Bible? Our son is 6, and sometimes I think it's a waste of time to try to teach him anything about God. Right now, he only understands things he can see. — Mrs. R.P.

A: Yes, it is worth it to teach young children about God and the Bible. They may not understand everything we say, but they'll begin to realize that God is real, and that He is important to us.

After all, if you fail to teach them anything about God during those early years, what will they come to believe? They'll come to believe that only things you can see and touch are real -- and anything else (including God) isn't. They'll also come to believe that God must not be very important, since we haven't bothered to teach them about Him.

But God is real — more real and more lasting than anything in the world around us — and our children need to know this. They also need to know that He made them, and He is their Heavenly Father. They need too to know that He loves them, and wants to help them and be with them. Most of all, they need to know that Jesus gave His life for them so they can be with Him in heaven forever.

Pray for your children, and pray with them, also. In addition, ask God to help you teach them about His love; a Bible story book for children can help you do this (you can get one at your local Christian bookstore). The Bible says, "Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.
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