One day my kids and I were listening to a Jonathan Park Adventure on cd on the way to Grandma’s house. In the story Jonathan’s teacher would not let him talk about God in the classroom. My daughter wanted to know why Jonathan wasn’t allowed to talk about God. I explained that the school doesn’t let teachers teach children about God and told her that is part of the reason that we are homeschooling. I told her since she gets to do school at home we can talk about God. Her response was, “But we don’t talk about God much”.
I was taken aback by this honest statement presented by my 7 year-old. I tried defending myself by pointing out the few times a day that we do make a point to talk about God (Bible lesson in our curriculum, awana memory verse practice, and a few God moments) but I knew I had just been called out by God. My job is to be teaching my children about God’s love and mercy and I speak about Him so little that my daughter honestly feels that we don’t talk about Him. My children may be seeing me read my Bible and doing studies but I’m not spending enough time pointing them towards God. My journey expands past me changing my focus to me shifting the focus of my entire family so that God is the center of our day-to-day lives. So begins a series I’m calling “Raising Godly Children”.
Tomorrow in Part 2 we will look at Deuteronomy 6:5-9 in more depth but I really like what John MacArthur’s Commentary says so I will share it today.
5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
John MacArthur Commentary
6:5-9 “First in the list of all that was essential for the Jew was unreserved, wholehearted commitment expressed in love to God. Since this relationship of love for God could not be represented in any material way as with idols, it had to be demonstrated in complete obedience to God’s law in daily life.”
6:6 “The people were to think about these commandments and meditate on them so that obedience would not be a matter of formal legalism, but a response based on understanding. The law written on the heart would be an essential characteristic of the new covenant to come.”
6:7 “The commandments were to be the subject of conversation, both inside and outside the home, from the beginning of the day to its end.”
Keeping our hearts and homes-
1. Love God wholeheartedly
2. Demonstrate love through obedience to God
3. Meditate on Scripture so that through understanding we will respond obediently
4. Continually speak about Scripture