What I Read Today;
1 Thessalonians 2; Acts 23-24; Zechariah 13-14; Deuteronomy 31
What do you remember about the holidays of your childhood? Do you remember the food? How about playing with cousins? Time with Aunts and Uncles? Special moments with Grandparents? Car Rides to relatives’ houses? Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Rose Parade on TV?
Our childhood shapes us in more ways than we realize. The things we see around us as children can affect us for the rest of our lives in both a positive and negative way. Sometimes those memories are so strong that we have a physical reaction when we think about them.
Moses has spent a lot of time throughout the book of Deuteronomy, talking about ensuring that we model our faith to our children and that we talk about our faith with our children.
Now he sets up a formal observance that will occur every 7 years. The people would gather and listen to the reading of the entirety of God’s Law. One more time, he reminds the people of the importance of children hearing the law and learning to fear God.
Ronald Reagan said that we are only one generation away from losing democracy. We see that playing out in our own lifetimes with the renewed push towards socialism.
Moses told Joshua that the nation of Israel was only a few generations away from turning their backs on God.
Why does this happen?
It happens when we refuse to learn from our past. It occurs when we push God to the backgrounds and work, money, pleasure, and other things to the front of our lives. It happens when we don’t teach our children the importance of our savior in our own lives. When we don’t live out our faith in ways that glorify God. When we don’t show others the love of Christ each day. When we neglect God’s Word and don’t allow it to affect our hearts.
Moses understood the danger to our faith didn’t come from an attacking army, or idolatry or false teaching. The real threat to our faith was from indifference.