Monday, May 12, 2014

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 -- On God's Words

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Deuteronomy 6:5-7

We need a lot of reminders in our lives, probably because we forget God so often.  We put him in the background like he is a minor concern and work and school or family or *anything* is more important.  Sometimes we do it on purpose, thinking that religion is only for Sundays or not appropriate at work or school.  Jeffrey R. Holland has responded to this kind of thinking by telling us "You never check your religion at the door. Not ever."  God wants us to have his words in our hearts.  That means we can't ever leave them behind.  And one way to remember is to do as this verse suggests, and talk about them.  Sounds to me like reading and discussing the scriptures, including, and perhaps especially, the verse that begins the selection.  We should love God with everything that we are.  If we really do, we won't want to put him in the background.  He will be with us in everything that we do, and our constant companion as we solve problems and make decisions each day.
Today, as we start the day, let's have God's words in our hearts.  If they aren't there, let's read and pray and get some in there. :)  And let's work on keeping them there and not forgetting as we go throughout the day.  Let's find someone to talk about them with... it doesn't have to be someone who has never heard them, although if that is appropriate to your situation, great.  When we talk about God and his words, we enrich each other's lives, helping us to keep God's words in our hearts.  And if you don't have someone else to talk about them with, leave a comment on this post... or any scripture post.  We can do it together.

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