When it was time for the second generation of post-exodus Israelites to enter the Promise Land, Moses made sure they understood the covenant God had instituted with their parents at Sinai. Central to the preservation of the covenant was passing it from one generation to the next – from fathers to their children.
In Deuteronomy 6:1-9; we read, “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: (2) That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. (3) Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. (4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (5) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (6) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (7) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (8) And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (9) And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
Religion wasn’t a compartmentalized affair in Israel, for the observance of the Sabbath, bedtime prayers, and special festivals only. God intended for His covenant command to permeate every aspect of Israelite life.
Fathers were to incorporate God’s Word into their children’s lives at every opportunity: in the house, in the byways, upon rising, upon retiring and all the times in between. If we translate that idea to our day, our faith should not be a “Sunday-only affair, but a 24/7 reality in the life of the Christian family.
Fathers should take the lead in training and instructing their children in the Lord at every opportunity. In Ephesians 6:4; we read, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Faithful fathers are those who show their children the relevance of God’s Word in all of Life. Charles Spurgeon said, “A father's holy life is a rich legacy for his sons.”
The whole of the Christian life, from the moment we are born again until we come into His presence, is a walk of Faith – a faith that rests upon the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Remember the words of John Newton, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals His wounds, and drives away his fear.”
If fear dominates your life, ultimately it destroys everything God was to do for you.
What would life be without the Bible? Thank God today for the written Word of God that is “a lamp to your feet and a light to your path”; Psalm 119:105.
In His Amazing Grace,
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