Reading: 2 Chronicles 34:14-21
“Aunt Mary,” said Jonah, “who is this little boy with the toy bear?” Jonah was looking at an old photo album that he had found in his aunt’s bookshelf. He pointed to a faded picture of a little boy hugging a teddy bear.
Aunt Mary smiled and patted the picture. “That is my little brother, your Daddy. He carried that bear with him everywhere when he was a baby. It was his favorite toy.”
“He must have really liked that bear. Where is it now? I should like to see it.”
“Oh, sweetie, that bear is long gone,” said Aunt Mary, shaking her head.
“He didn’t keep it? I thought it was his favorite.”
“Well, Jonah, sometimes we give up old toys and find new favorite toys to replace them. You don’t play with the same toys you had when you were a baby, do you?”
“No, I don’t. But I like the toys I have now better.”
His aunt nodded. “That’s as it should be, because you are getting older and learning new things, so your toys must change for you to enjoy them. However, there is one thing that never changes, and we must continue to cherish it our whole lives.”
“What’s that, Aunt?”
“That is the Word of God. We must never outgrow it, for it can teach us what we need to know even as we grow older and change. It is precious, and should not be forgotten.” Aunt Mary pointed to the photograph in the album. “Your Daddy no longer has that toy bear. But your Daddy still reads his Bible every day.”
Jonah nodded. “I’m going to do that also, and I shall not forget God’s Word.”
For Further Study:
- Read Matthew 5:4. Think about today’s reading from 2 Chronicles. Why did the king mourn in this story? What did he do when he mourned? Read 2 Chronicles 34:27-28. How was the king comforted?
- Do you know of people in your church family who are mourning, either over their sins or over problems in their lives? How can you give them comfort?