SURROUNDED BY THE WORD
4 Hear, O Israel: TheLordour God, the Lord is one.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. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Surrounded by the WORD of God is something that we may not realize can impact our lives every day. We continue to watch as things are absorbed by our eyes and minds and find ways to infiltrate our hearts. I was always told growing up that if you wanted to make sure that you were protecting your life, surround it with Scripture. Write it on your hands, your notebooks, mirrors, and place it on sticky notes. Anywhere you had an opening for the world to infiltrate, surround it with scripture. I cannot say that I have always stood by this rule in my life, but I can tell you that I have tried my best to cover my family and my house with prayer and scripture. If we are going to claim that God has ownership of our lives, then we have to be intentional about allowing God to be seen and not hidden. We have to be willing to step into this First Word, Last Word, God's Word as a way to reclaim our families for God. I know that it may seem as if it may disappear from our physical sight if we have things all around our house, but I am telling you that your family will continue to glance and be reminded of the WORD of GOD that will protect them throughout their days and trust me it will be passed on as a legacy for the rest of their lives.
As I said, it does take time and intentionality for you to surround your life with Scripture. You have to make it a priority and not just an after-thought. We have to make it just as important as breathing. As air gives life to our lungs and oxygenates the rest of our bodies, so too does
Scripture feed our soul and the rest of our body. We are given a chance to also impact the lives of others who may enter our homes or even just drive by and see the Word of God revealed on a daily basis. Crazy as it may seem, but the Scripture that we use, may be the ONLY time that many people may encounter the Word of God in their entire lives. We continue to say that the WORD of GOD will NOT return empty or void. Well I strongly believe that to be true when we place the Word of God around our homes, our schools and our places of work or leisure. I know that sometimes it takes a LONG time for people to realize the things that can impact their lives. It takes a long time before many people will even open their eyes to see what has been in front of them all along. I remember reading in a bible study I was in one time about the importance of what we surround our lives with on a daily basis. If we surround ourselves with trash-music, images, language, etc- we cannot be surprised that we begin speaking with those words in our every day vernacular. BUT if we infuse God's Word into our lives, we will begin to find that our reactions are filled with the Spirit and guided by wisdom. Simply put, trash in, trash out... God in, God out.
Today's Scripture is one that is near and dear to my heart. I love the verses in Deuteronomy that calls us as parents and as a community to continue to work together to encourage and teach current and future generations about the importance of God's Word by surrounding them with it daily. We see the story unfold as Moses is now stepping out of the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and watching the parents of this current generation die out because of their lack of trust and faith in God. Moses is once again reminding these now adults, to step into their place and take hold of the foundational teachings of the SHEMA and help to apply it in the lives of their children. We see later that Moses once again reintroduces the 10 Commandments into their lives as a reminder of the covenant that has been made between God and His creation. But the main emphasis is that we all have to work together and have open conversations where ever we are with whoever we are with, and infusing the Word of God in every conversation. This is not something that should be foreign to them and truly it should not be foreign to us. We should have such a desire to pour God into every person that we meet. Now, I know that it may not take the first time or even the 100th time, but that does not mean we stop taking the opportunity to share God's Word to the world. Moses knew the importance of continually sharing the teachings of God in hopes of them applying in their lives as often as they breathed. You will be blown away at the impact God's Word will make if you take the time to share on a regular basis.
I close today with this challenge. I pray that you will talk with your family and begin surrounding your home with the power of God's Word. Students, I challenge you to send out your favorite Scripture verses to your friends in hopes of sparking later conversations. Parents I challenge you to write God's Word on little notes in your students rooms or drop them in their lunches so that they will know not only how much you love them but how much God's Word protects them daily. Christians as a whole, I challenge us all to begin surrounding our lives with God's Word in preparation for what is to come. The subtlety of our actions may
spark a revelation that will carry throughout the World. We are all sheep trying to figure out how to navigate this world, and God once again is asking us to use one of the strongest tools that we have to solidify our foundations for generations to come, HIS WORD. I know it may seem awkward at first, but so did walking until you finally trusted yourself and you realized that it was ok if you fell because you could get right back up and continue your journey. Use God's Word as the tool that is was meant to be in the lives of our families. Talk about it when you sit at the table, when you are driving them to school or practice. Start playing God inspired music and write them daily notes of encouragement from the Psalms. There is POWER in the Word of God that need to be unleashed in our homes. That is what you can do for God today that will change the direction of your family. Father, Here I am. What can I do for You today? AMEN.