April 17 | Looking Back

Today’s Reading:

Read I Chronicles 1-6; Psalm 44:1-10, 17-18, 26

(Today’s reading from 1 Chronicles includes a long list of genealogy.  As a family, look at the verses and the names that are listed.  Look for Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Esau, Israel, Joseph) 

Do you know the name of your great, great, great grandparents?  Do you know where they were born or what they did for a living?  Parents, share what you know about your heritage.  If you have a meaningful or humorous story about a grandparent or family member, take the time to share it with the family. Imagine if you could trace your family all the way back to Adam!  The beginning of the book of I Chronicles does just that.  It takes the story of the Israelites from the beginning with Adam all the way to David, the man who was King of Israel. 

Remember how we talked about the book of Psalms being a journal or a diary for David?  It could also be a journal or a diary for many of the Israelites!  The author of Psalm 44 writes about remembering all that God had done for the Israelites- God’s Chosen People.  He looked back at all God had done and encouraged the Israelites to have confidence in all God would do. “All this happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or betrayed your covenant” (Psalm 44:17). 

The author of Psalm 44 knew that all God had done for His people in the past had purpose and would be used for God’s glory. 


Draw a picture of your family treeThank God for the family He gave youAsk God to help you remember all that He has done for your family and thank Him for His purpose in all He does.

April Memory Verse:

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

APril Memory Verse

April memory verse song

April memory verse coloring sheet

April Fill-in the blank activity

April Prayer Calendar