Family Under Attack | Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Our spouses and our children hear enough talk. They are ready to see some action. The Shema (from the Hebrew “hear”) is a profession of action. Deuteronomy 6:5 gives four actions steps. How are you doing?
Love the Lord your God. Love is not a fuzzy feeling. It’s an emotion demonstrated by action. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. What sacrifices are you making for your family?
All your heart. Heart refers to the center of a person’s thinking and emotions. What you think becomes what you do. Do you show your love for God by what you put into your mind through television, your computer screen, your smartphone and your reading material?
All your soul. Soul refers to your entire being. Do you show your family how much you love God by your words, actions and attitudes?
All your strength. Do you show your family how much you love God by how and where you burn your energy for him? Do you give God the best of your energy, or is that reserved for another god?
Father, remind us that talk is cheap. Help us love you and demonstrate our love to you with our whole person. In Jesus’ name. Amen.