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.
The responsibility of parenting cannot be delegated. The youth group, private school or Christian school cannot impart the deep truths of the faith to your children. Sure, each plays a part, but parenting is for parents. There are things your children will not hear unless they hear them from you.
Today’s portion of the Shema (Hebrew for “hear”) reminds parents that their responsibility goes far beyond bedtime prayers or breakfast devotions. The instruction of Scripture is 24/7. God’s Word should be woven into conversation during the day. Spiritual truth should be taught en route to school and football practice. Prayer and spiritual truth should be imparted in the evening and in the morning. After God’s Word penetrates our hearts it will permeate our homes.
The best conversations with my children did not come during bedside prayers or our family devotional time on Sunday evenings. The best times took place on the way to Starbucks, on road trips to Oklahoma, sitting on our front porch in the evening, or on the way to a sporting event. God’s Word is pervasive. Don’t try to keep it in a box.
Father, may we be both students and teachers of your Word. Don’t let us be too busy or preoccupied that we miss those teaching moments that you hand to us as precious gifts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.