Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
When God gave his people his Word, as he gave them his greatest command, to love him with everything they had, more than anything else, he also told them how to practically make that happen: Keep God’s words in front of their eyes and ready on their lips all day long.
God knows we are prone to forget. He knows it’s easy to gradually let other things take his place in our hearts.
Don’t get me wrong. We can memorize Bible verses till we are blue in the face, and fill up the walls of our houses with all the cute Scripture paintings we want, and simply doing that will not change us.
But when we commit to replacing the lies in our heads with God’s truth, we have to practically do something. Admitting that we have a weight problem isn’t enough – we have to change our diet and start moving our bodies in order to see change. We are physical beings and we need to interact with the truth physically. Reading it. Speaking it. Seeing it. Acting on it.
Is God’s Word where we can see it daily? Some of the places I’ve found it helpful for me include the lock screen of my phone, the door of the microwave, the bathroom mirror, even the dashboard of my car.
Do we speak his words into the situations we face? When we hear the accusations in our minds, “You’re failing again. You always let people down” – do we speak truth to those lies? “No. God accepts me as I am. He is the one I’m living to please, not people.”
Do we listen to his word spoken in song, in conversation, in messages or podcasts we listen to?
Do we use Scripture to teach our children the “why” behind what we instruct them?
God calls us to walk in the truth. What does that look like in your life?