Deuteronomy 11:18-21 So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them 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. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.
I want my family to flourish. More than any other aspect of my life, it is imperative we thrive. According to Deuteronomy, families flourish through absolute devotion to the Word of God.
But are the commands found here in Deuteronomy over the top? I mean, who really lives like that? Who ties Scripture verses on their hands? Or writes them on door posts? Who talks about the Bible when they are out at dinner or travelling to school drop-off?
In Mark 4, Jesus told and explained the parable of the sower. He taught that for the Word of God to produce thriving results, it must be planted in good soil. He also discussed the tactics of the enemy to steal the Word so that plants don’t prosper.
The enemy has been stealing the Word of God from the hearts of men for some time. He has clever systems in place to keep lives from flourishing. He uses media to fill minds with tragedy. News, movies, the internet all contribute to building fear and dread, choking the promises of the Bible. He knows that given the right conditions (and it doesn’t take much), humankind will harbour unforgiveness and bitterness toward their fellow man, creating a hard and resentful heart.
Satan uses these strategies every moment of the day, relentless in his attack. So again, I ask the question: are the commands of Deuteronomy over the top? I think not.
To succeed in this life, my family and I must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to His Word. It is to be read when we awake, and before we lay down. His promises are to be in our hearts and minds. Fresh revelation from the Word should be a conversation topic around the dinner table. Thus, in doing so, our lives will flourish in the land the Lord God has given us.