January 4 | The Fall – The People Disobeyed God

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.

Today’s Reading:

Read Genesis 3

God created a beautiful world where the people He created, Adam and Eve, got to walk with him and
talk with him. They spent one on one time with Him every day. God created a beautiful garden for
them to live in and they were able to enjoy it every day with God around them ALL THE TIME. Doesn’t
that sound amazing? They actually were able to talk to God ask Him whatever they wanted! I’ve got a
lot of questions I probably would have asked. God only gave them one rule: they could not eat from one
tree in the garden, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Sadly, Adam and Eve made a choice that separated them from God when they disobeyed Him and ate
from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. A serpent tricked Eve into believing that she should
eat the fruit and then Eve took the fruit to Adam as well. When Adam and Eve made this choice, it
created a separation from God. It was the first time there was sin, and God cannot be near sin because
He is without sin.

BUT….even though this choice made God sad, He did not stop loving the people! He had a plan to save
them, and he begins to tell Adam and Eve about that plan in Genesis 3:15. Isn’t it great that God had a
plan for us even though we sin just like Adam and Eve did?


Sin is anything we do that God tells us not to do OR anything we don’t do that God tells us to do. Spend
some time praying today asking God to help you see if there is anything in your life that might be a sin.
Ask him to forgive you for that and also ask him to help you not sin anymore!

Other Resources:

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january memory verse song

january memory verse coloring sheet

january fill-in-the-blank activity

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