“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:4-9
For years, the nation of Israel had a constant reminder that God was with them. This reminder came DAILY. It wasn’t a Bible app verse-of-the-day type of a reminder, or a WWJD bracelet, it was a NOTW sticker on the back of the car.
It was manna from heaven, pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night.
Everyone knew that God cared about His people. Of course He did, He provided for them every day. So when it came time for the people to cross the Jordan into Canaan, Moses knew that it was important to prepare the Israelites for what was next: a life without the everyday, physical sign from God. Moses called the people together and told them what it says in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
Moses was giving the people instructions on preserving an every day faith. It was a simple statement, yet profound.
TALK ABOUT IT:
... When you sit at home.
…When you walk on the road.
…When you lie down.
…When you get up.
Moses was communicating the importance of FAITH being a part of the day-to-day tasks that happen. A faith that is placed within the moments that make our days, weeks, months, and years.
- Do you engage with your faith when you sit at home?
- Do you engage with your faith when you are walking (traveling) around?
- Do you engage with your faith when you lie down to sleep?
- Do you engage with your faith when you get up?
Faith was important for the Israelites during this time in their journey. And it was very important for them to engage with their faith every moment of their day. The same is for us today. We need to engage our faith with the every day moments; especially since we may not see physical signs from God.
If you are a teenager: engage your faith within your school, sport, friendships, musical ability, homework, and daily decisions.
If you are a college/young adult: engage your faith with your job, relationships, coursework, and personal time.
If you are a parent: engage your faith with teaching your kids, when you drive to different places, when doing laundry, when helping kids’ with their homework, and when you clean up around the house.
Preserving an every day faith is important. It’s important to God.
As it says in Hebrews:
“..Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
Posted on Mon, September 7, 2015
by Sam Petitfils