As you read today, personalize God's words to your life. Begin with, "And now, YOUR NAME, listen carefully...
4:9 "But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren." You will find these themes throughout Deuteronomy: Never forget! Always remember! Teach your children! I have said this before, but Deuteronomy reminds us in many places (vs. 10 here) that the HOME is the Great Commission training center, not the church or the youth group. Parents are the ones to teach their children to fear (reverence) and obey God. That is the best guarantee that our children will not turn away from God.
4:20 Remember that the Lord rescued you from the burning furnace of Egypt in order to make you his very own people and his special possession, which is what you are today. Notice that a "burning furnace" doesn't necessarily mean literally. It can mean a purifying and refinement process that God allows His children to go through to prepare them for the blessing.
4:21 But the Lord was angry with me because of you. This is another picture of Christ. Remember He took God's cup of wrath for us? He became the object of God's wrath so we could instead receive God's cup of mercy. What grace!
4:26 If you break my covenant, you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. Loving the creation more than we love the Creator—idols, addictions, habit sins—will steal our PL.
4:29 And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find Him. Don't miss the treasure hunt.
6:40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. A sobering thought. Your children will only be as trained in the things of God as their teacher, which is you. Take heed.
6:43 A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. Cool. When your heart is in the right place, even your mistakes will turn into good fruit. What a great reassurance!
Questions for reflection:
Do we see a parent theme emerging today?
As a parent, how important is it to you that your children love and follow Christ? If they follow your example, will this desire be accomplished? Whether you know it or not, whether you want it to be true or not, you are the greatest teacher your children will ever encounter on this earth. What are you going to do with this responsibility?
We've talked a lot about remembering. What are you doing to remember what God has done for you and your family? What are you currently doing about teaching these things to your children? I recently finished writing a book called, "One Million Arrows for God: raising your children to change the world." This is an inspirational book for parents on how and why to passionately accomplish the discipling mandate with our children including what is possible when we take the job of training seriously. It features amazing testimonies of parents and children far and wide who are living with incredible passion, purpose, and impact. If you'd like to pre-order a copy, let me know. This book will be in print in July or August.