I am not always good at remembering. When someone tells me something, I think it will be easy to remember what they said. But time and time again, I am proven wrong. I have often forgotten before they have walked away. So, I do things to help me remember. I write notes as reminders. If I am in a central place, that is good. If not, there is no telling where that note will end up or if I will remember I had the note. I sometimes tell other people to help me remember. That works if the other person has a better memory than me. Otherwise, this can easily fail. I have tried repeating it over and over and over. This can work if I only have to remember something for a short period of time. I can’t go around repeating the same thing all day, that’s unproductive and a little weird. I even set reminders on my phone so they alert me. You can see I try as many tactics as I can to help me remember. Sometimes it works.
Today’s focus scripture is about remembering something super important. It is so important that God has given us instructions on how to remember. He has given us tools to help us keep this at the forefront of our minds – literally. This is just that important. He does not want us to forget – ever. We lose more than the thought if we forget this. We lose ourselves.
We are to remember: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Loving God and God alone is so very important that God teaches repetition. He wants these words implanted in our hearts. He wants them to become a part of who we are and how we live. He wants these words to be the foundation for which all other is built.
How important are these words to you? It may help if we begin to make these words central in our lives – so we never, ever forget.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, 9 and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
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