I have a terrible time remembering things! While names aren’t the easiest for me, even worse are things I’m supposed to do. Fortunately for me, I can set my phone to remind me of appointments—this way I don’t forget things like thanksgiving dinner, or that extra choir rehearsal.
God knew the Israelites would have a tough time remembering things, too. So before the days of smartphones, He gave them a good way to remember things.
You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and 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.
(verses 18, 20)
Now today many people take this advice literally, but in this passage, God wasn’t really talking about tying scriptures around your head, or downloading the Bible app! A verse in between those two explains more.
You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
God wants His words to be the focus of your day! God should be the first thing you talk about in the morning, and the last thing you talk about at night. You should talk about it as you drive with your family, think about it while you work, read it in your home.
In addition, there’s another key word in verse 19 that is extremely important: “children.” Family devotions are so important that God had Moses include them as part of the commandments he spoke to the Israelites that day. If you have a family, God should be the very first thing you talk about to your children in the morning—morning devotions, and the last thing you talk about before you go to bed—evening devotions.
And He promises that if you do, you and your family will be blessed!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.