Over the Christmas holiday, my son and grandson were talking about Bible stories, and they came to the story of David and Goliath. My grandson, all of seven, knew a surprising amount of details about the story and was excited about the cool action. However, there was one detail that my son introduced that was previously unknown to my grandson that David cut off Goliath’s head.
This was too cool for my grandson. At first, he didn’t believe it. He thought my son was lying to him. But sure enough, David did cut off Goliath’s head (I Samuel 17: 51), and my grandson couldn’t wait to tell his older brother.
But this story brought to mind a curious fact that I often overlook: My grandson only knew the story from kids’ books and Sunday School. It is important to note that both were working to be developmentally appropriate, but he had never read the story for himself, and so he missed this fascinating detail.
I wonder how often we do this, too. We think we know a part of the Bible, we may even think we know it well, but it turns out that there’s more we overlook because we’re so familiar with the text.
News flash: The Bible has almost 800,000 words in it. We are not as familiar with it as we think. And because we believe we know what’s in the text, our overconfidence can relegate us to a lower level of understanding about who God is and what He’s trying to do in the world. We gloss right over our strange and wonderful Bibles that God has provided for us, and we miss out on God’s character and the kind of character he wants for us.
It not too late to make a New Year’s resolution: try reading your Bible—and I mean, really reading for all it’s worth—every day this year. Not necessarily the whole Bible or big chunks every day, but just a chapter or so. Nothing big. And try to squeeze all the juice out of it. You’ll be amazed what’s in there, and you’ll constantly be surprised by what God did and is still doing today.
There are many available on-line helps to give you a jump start into your studies. This particular one is called Bible Gateway. I put in the word truth. Check it out!!
Co-written by: Daniel Ferguson
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.