Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
At my house as probably at yours, we have a lot of pictures as on our refrigerator. When our children we young, it was covered in their artwork. Sometimes you will also find a verse that has a certain meaning at that particular point in time. As a schoolteacher, I write verses on my desk and on other areas in my room, keeping the word of God constantly before me. Putting a verse right in front of my face helps me stay focused in a world of chaos. These verses in Deuteronomy could be the most quoted verses in the Bible and as parents, they offer us great instruction on how to teach our children God’s word. The greatest commandment we could teach our children is to love God totally and completely. In everyday circumstances, we should be asking our children, “What does God’s word have to say about this?” This will require that we as parents stay in God’s word. We do not have to be biblical scholars able to quote most of the bible verbatim, but we should be familiar enough with His word that we know where to look or how to look it up. After all, how can we expect our children to go to God’s word in every situation if we do not? Children learn by example, and our desire to keep God’s word ever present will be noticed by our children. Pray for a hunger and a desire for God’s word and ask God to show you ways to teach His word to your children. This will show them that the Bible is not just a book, but it is life.