January 5 | The Flood

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 79:16

Adam and Eve’s choice to disobey God came with some consequences. It led to them having to leave the beautiful garden that God had created for them. And as more people inhabited the earth, they also started making more choices that were against what God told them to do.

Genesis 79 tells us that there was a time when so many people were making wrong choices that God actually decided to destroy the entire earth and start again! He chose a man named Noah who followed Him. He told Noah to build an ark that would save his family. God sent a flood, but Noah and his family and two of every kind of animal were saved because of the ark that God told Noah to build.

When God told Noah that it was going to rain, guess what? Noah had never even seen rain before. It had never rained on the earth before then. But Noah trusted God and obeyed him. Genesis 7:5 says, “Noah did everything God commanded him.” Do you think you would have been that obedient? It’s a pretty big deal that Noah did EVERYTHING God commanded of him.


Play a game with your family. Pick someone to be in charge and have that person give instructions. Try to do everything the person tells you to do. Talk about whether that is an easy thing to do or a hard thing to do. Ask God to help you follow him and to do EVERYTHING he tells you to!

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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