(Following is this month’s contribution to Devotableapp.com – check out that website for daily devotions. I feel very blessed to be one of the contributors!)
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Keep these words in your heart that I am telling you today. Do your best to teach them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.”
This passage found in Deuteronomy 6 reminds me that God does not think of living for Him and loving Him as a minor matter! He does not expect His believers to categorize it as minor either!
How do we keep it at the forefront, no matter what activity we are engaged in and time of day it is? How do we have conversations about anything else, if we are supposed to talk about “these words” while we are “sitting in our house, walking on the road, lying down, and getting up”? I mean, that pretty much covers everything, doesn’t it?
Loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength and teaching that to our children when we are “sitting in our house,” should undoubtedly be the easiest assignment on the list, right? After all, we are surrounded by the people we love the most! Treating each other in a loving way using loving words is probably pretty easy when life is going smoothly. But when a conflict arises, caused by someone who lives in our house with us, do we handle it in a manner that shows our family that one of God’s highest priorities is also one of ours? If it is, then we will decide to show God’s grace and model His forgiveness. We will demonstrate His humility and display His peace. Family disputes will be settled using Christlike principles, therefore falling in line with the Deuteronomy precept.
Loving the Lord with our all when we “walk on the road,” makes me think of our everyday life and everyday routine. When we are at our jobs, at school, attending the basketball game or the church social, and sitting in on the city council meeting, how do we speak to others? How do we speak about others? Is our love for God and His ways evident in the way we work with others and cultivate relationships in our community? Do our children see the way we treat others as an extension of our Christian faith? If we are loving the Lord the way He talks about in verses 5, 6, and 7, then our love for others (yes even those hard-to-love people) will overflow from that!
This passage also mentions when we lie down and when we get up as times to teach God’s love to our children. If we begin the day asking for God’s presence, love, and protection, and end the day thanking Him for all of the above, then our lying down and our getting up is also following Deuteronomy 6’s command.
Loving with our whole heart, soul, and strength should not only be talked about, but modeled as well. God is exceptional at showing us how.
Loving God and others with our all is quite an assignment. Fortunately, we serve quite a God!
Great post! I sometimes struggle with feeling like I’m spending enough time with God but it’s in those little things throughout the day when we give thanks for things For me even just singing a praise and worship song along with my echo while I’m cooking dinner helps me feel like even though I’m busy I’m spending that time with Him.. And it models that for my kids as well even though they may not like me singing LOL
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Thank you, Diane. That’s a great example of a way we can model loving God to our kids! And no matter what our singing ability may be, 😂 we know that God is blessed by our worship of Him! (and our kids are blessed by seeing and hearing us honor Him in our daily lives!
Thanks for the perspective-shift! It doesn’t always have to be in the big, grand moments and I think that’s why God tells us to do ALL things to His glory!:)
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Thank you, Laura! You are so right. Whatever we do, do it all to the glory of God – Such a challenge, but He is happy to help us!
It’s crazy to think that people are always watching us! I find myself regretting things I’ve said allllll the time. I appreciate how you framed the idea of honoring God with our speech. I have such a tendency to gossip. Thank goodness God is a forgiving God!
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Thank you, Hala! He sure is a forgiving God. I can relate to what you said…gossip can be a temptation, for sure. We are all so blessed to serve a God who is not only willing to forgive, but eager to forgive as well!