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.
Actions do speak louder than words. Our actions either confirm or deny what we say. Our actions prove what we really believe, or show we really don’t believe it after all.
The Shema (named after the Hebrew word “hear”) reminds all parents that our lives must back up our mouths. The commands we impress on our children should be tied (symbolically) on our hands as we go about our daily business, and God’s instructions should be bound to our minds as a constant guide.
Parenting isn’t for sissies. It is for men and women willing to back up what they say with what they do. Perfectly? You kidding? Not even close; and our kids will be quick to point out the inconsistencies. However, they are also fair enough to watch overall patterns, and that’s where we win or lose the game.
Lord, don’t let us speak great words, but live little lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.