February 8, 2014
You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him.
“If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times.” Have you ever heard that statement, or even said it? As we raise children, there are some things that we have to say over and over again. King David must have said something over and over again to his son Solomon. In Proverbs 4:3-5, 7b Solomon says,
When I was a boy in my father’s house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
he taught me and said,
“Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.”
So when God asked Solomon what He wanted Him to give him, he said “wisdom.” At all cost, he needed to get wisdom. That message from David came through in the book of Proverbs. Solomon was granted wisdom then wrote about it in Proverbs. In this “walk” verse in Deuteronomy, the people are told what is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. The Lord God keeps sending the message: obedience, keep His decrees, commands and laws. The verse says to listen to him. Sometimes people have listened, sometimes not so much. Jesus put it this way, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” (John 14:15)
Many times when we grow up, the repeated words of our parents come to us (maybe even haunt us). Sometimes we follow them, sometimes not, but we do remember them. As parents, we need to choose the theme of our words wisely, what we say a thousand times – asking our loving Father for wisdom. Then I would say, pray that our children listen.