Deuteronomy 4: 6-10 is a famous, familiar, and fantastic passage.
After leaving Egypt, walking through the Red Sea, and being led by God by day and night, I would think that God should expect that the Israelites would remember to follow His truths and to tell their children about His great power.
But that is not the case. God knows us too well. He knows that I would need this reminder, and He knew – after experiencing the Israelites lack of focus – that they would need the reminder too.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 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. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
These four verses have so much in them.
- They tell us truth about God.
- The Lord is our God.
- He is one God.
- They tell us how to love God.
- They tell us to pass these truths on to future generations.
- Talk about them at home.
- Talk about them when you are not at home.
- In other words – talk about the truths all the time!
- They tell us to put reminders all around…to remind us.
While this seems rather elementary, I am a forgetful person. I wake up and ask God to join me in my day, and – as soon as I step out of bed – I leave Him behind.
However, when I surround myself with these truths, when I intentionally share them with my children and the children of others, and when I follow what He has commanded, I realize that He is with me…
…because I am surrounded with truth.