We are drawn closer to God when we focus on the Bible.
2 Timothy 1:12b-14.
Long ago a girl named Lucy lived by a coast where her father was the
captain of the life boat crew. It was a wild coast and was always
windy and often storms would come sweeping in from the sea. Lucy
loved to watch the sea birds that nested on the cliffs and tried to
chase away the foxes that raided the nests and ate the eggs and
She was not very successful and the sly foxes would run away and hide when
they heard her coming and shouting at them. Lucy would sit on the
veranda for hours and wish she had longer legs so that she could run
faster and catch those pesky foxes!
The day came when it was her birthday and she climbed out of bed and ran
into the kitchen, and there in the middle of the table was a big brown
box. It was heavy and in it was her present! She opened the
box and there was a pair of the most splendid binoculars that you have
ever seen! Lucy was thrilled and ran to the bedroom to hug her Dad!
"Oh, thanks Dad!" she cried and rushed out to try them.
They're no Good!:
But when she tried them out, they made everything small. "They're no
good!" she shouted, not realizing that she had used them the wrong way
round. "Try them the other way," called Dad. "Silly me," she
said as she peered through the lenses the right way. But now
everything was blurred!
"They're useless!" Lucy shouted and her long suffering father had to climb
out of his warm bed and brave the cold wind. Dad said, "You must
focus them if you want to use Binoculars." He showed Lucy how to
turn the focus wheel and suddenly the blur was gone and all was perfectly
clear. "I can see birds," she said excitedly, "And they are sitting
on their nests as if they were right at my feet!"
Getting Closer to God:
Her father hugged her and said, "A Bring 'Em Near is like the Bible.
When you read the Bible and do what it says, it makes God real and brings
you closer to Him. Since you have asked Jesus into your heart, God
now wants you to learn to know Him, and trust Him to help you live a good
life. The Apostle Paul tells us this when he said: "For I know Whom
I have believed."
Lucy squealed with joy and shouted "It's the best present of my whole life.
I love you Dad, and I will remember what you said every time I use
them!" And so Lucy spent many happy hours watching birds and chasing
away those hungry foxes.
A Sinking Ship:
One day she sat on the cliff-top watching birds flying in from the sea as a
bad storm approached. She suddenly saw a distress rocket burst in a
shower of red stars. Luxy peered through her binoculars and there
was a ship and it was sinking! She ran to their house and shouted
to her father: "There's a ship and it's sinking - you must launch the
Her father rang the bell and the life-boat crew came running from their
cottages. They launched the life-boat down the runway and rowed out
to sea. Lucy prayed hard as the little lifeboat was battered by
huge waves but at last they reached the sinking ship. She watched
through her binoculars and held her breath as her father's sailors helped
passengers and crew over the side and into the life-boat. They were
just in time!
She gasped as the ship slowly sank and disappeared beneath the waves.
Lucy felt sad but whispered, "Thank you Jesus!" when her father waved to
to show her that they were all safe and sound. She cheered as the
life-boat eventually reached the jetty and the passengers thankfully made
their way ashore.
Learning More About God:
Later they sat close to the fire to warm themselves. "You see," said
her Dad, "I told you those Bring 'Em Nears are just like the Bible.
"How so?" she asked. Dad replied, "When we focus on the Bible and do
what it says we are drawn closer to God. It is like what Paul said in
that verse we read last night: 'For I know Whom I have believed, and am
persuaded that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that
day' (2 Timothy 1:12b)."
Her Dad went on, "You prayed that God would keep us safe when we rescued the
passengers and God heard your prayer and brought us all safely back."
She nodded her head and thought for a minute. "I understand,"
said Lucy, "Focussing on God helps me draw close to Him and keeps me safe
just like I focussed on the birds and chased away those naughty foxes!"
A Special Award:
Sometime later, Lucy received a special award from the owners of the ship in
recognition of her sharp eyes in seeing the sinking ship and calling out the
lifeboat. She came home and proudly place her award with her precious
That night she thanked God for His goodness and asked Jesus to always help her
focus on the Bible so that she could learn all about God and please him all
her life. And she did!
Focussing on God:
And every boy and girl needs to focus on God so that they can draw close to
Him and trust Him to keep them safe. And then you can thank God for
His goodness, and ask Jesus to help you focus on the Bible so that you can
learn all about God and please him all you do.
I hope you will!