I recently took a new position at work. One of the perks of this position is I have a desk I don’t have to share with other co-workers. As I settled into my new place, I found my name card and posted it on my cube along with other items of encouragement.
Seeing words of Scripture and quotes that cause me to pause, has already brought me to a deeper place today. The words remind me Whose I am (Romans 15:13), my purposes (Matthew 6:33), and my desires. I find myself centered and settled when I see these notes.
The words around me reminded me of the passage in Deuteronomy 6 called the Shema. The words are a calling to us, as we live our lives, to weave God into our daily experiences.
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 on 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 door frames of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
These words are repeated again in Deuteronomy 11:13-21:
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you. Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Why else would God remind His people again and again to do these things? Because we are forgetful people. We need to be surrounded by His words, His promises, His answers to prayer.
We need to be surrounded by God to continue to walk in the manner He has called us to (Ephesians 2:10). When we are around things that bring our mind to God, we are reminded that we belong to God. We are His children.
Praise His name for the blessing of His written Word.