This may be a word and numbers to some but to me this reference opens up a whole gateway of meaning about who God is and what he can do.
The Bible is such an amazing book which is why we have based our children’s readers on this profound book. It not only is amazing and profound (as many other books are, too) but it is also totally unique in that it claims (and I believe it) to be the inspired word of God. Paul (who was the Apostle who was the devout Jew who had an encounter with the living Jesus that transformed his life) wrote to Timothy (a young man from a believing family background) in 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” This clinches it all. The Bible is from God and is available to many of us to read at any time.
This generation of children, particularly those in the west and in ‘rich’ countries, have become so materialistic and so absorbed with the latest technology (which of course has its place and can be very useful) that many of them are not even aware of God let alone His love letter to them and us, the Bible.
Romans 8:28 which reads “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) So, this favourite verse of mine (well one of them!) reminds me that whatever I go through, God weaves his purpose for good around those circumstances and situations that on the surface I could consider unfavourable and I could go under with. If we are on the Lord’s side (having come to Jesus and realised that our sin has come between us and God so we need a Saviour to intervene, Jesus being that Saviour that can forgive our sins when we confess them) then we can have that confidence that God will work things out for us without us having to work out how.
God is faithful to his word which is why we are wanting children to know all about the great God who loves and plans for each of our good as individuals. We have incorporated memory verses within each of the 100 books that make up the Diamond Books project. so that in difficult times, children can have access in their memories to God’s word that can provide the anchor and security they need in the difficult times they may face.
In the storms of life, God is the stable One. He can help us and children endure when others might sink. Let’s take to heart Romans 8:28 – even look it up in various translations and see the wonders and depth that God wants us and our children to take hold of and live by. God’s word can be trusted and has been proven through the years to be what it says it is!