Over the past four days, we’ve had the pleasure of caring for our nearly 8 year old and 3 year old granddaughters. It has been a joyful time, filled with lots of fun farm activities.
It has reminded me that it takes many prompts, by example and with words, over many years to develop good habits, like washing hands and brushing teeth.
So it should not surprise us that Moses reminds the children of Israel again and again and again that God loves them and desires their undivided love and devotion.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deut. 6:5
Even after the dramatic showing of God’s power through the ten plagues in Egypt that led to Pharaoh relenting that all the men, women, and children could leave, the Children of Israel forgot.
Despite the miraculous rescue when the war chariots of Egypt were pursuing them from behind and before were the waters of the Red Sea, they forgot and complained that God had forgotten them.
A few weeks later, when Moses was on the mountain receiving the Laws of the covenant, in less than forty days, the people forgot about the Holy God and begged for Aaron to make a ‘god’ for them to worship.
If they needed reminders after seeing the mighty hand of God, we are more likely to forget.
Just as we tire of reminding our young family members to wash their hand, brush their hair, put on their gloves and boots, eat their vegetables, etc., we become weary of reminding them about loving God and obeying his commands.
Our task is passing down the legacy of our faith has eternal consequences. In our heads and our hearts, we know that it is the most important work we do.
Yet we are human.
We need reminders.
God knows that.
Make His Word a part of each day.
Cultivate friendships for holding yourselves accountable.
Do not tire of speaking of your faith.
Pray over each other.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24,25
Give your spouse, your kids and grandkids a hug and a reminder that God loves them today.