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WORDS NOT HEEDED

Deuteronomy 17:18 “‘Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.’” 

IF ONLY

If you read verses 14-17 of Deuteronomy 17, you will see that God knew the people would ask for a king one day.  Later on, we see that happen when Saul is anointed as king.  And lo and behold, everything he says in those verses comes true. The kings imported horses galore, married multiple wives and got rich.

But if they had only done what He said to do in verse 18, they could have avoided all the heartache.  Verses 19-20 continues,  “‘19 It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.’”  What a difference that would make?

TEACHING MOMENT

 Children need to learn to keep God’s Word close to their heart.  They don’t have to write a copy of it, but they should memorize and learn to meditate on it.  Keeping God’s Word close can prevent a whole world of hurt.  It keeps us focused on pleasing Him and doing what He expects.

Ask your children what they think would happen in their country if the President or national leaders kept God’s Word close to them.  I bet they will have some great examples.  Bottom line – God’s Word is preventative medicine.  God’s Word directs our paths.  God’s Word gives us focus.  Why wouldn’t you want your children to keep it close.

Are you keeping it close?  Do you start each day or end each day with a reading of the Word?  Allow it today to point you in the direction God would have you go.  Ask the Lord to use His Word to teach you to make those everyday decisions.

Lord, Your Word is full and rich.  Help me to depend on it even further.  Let it direct me this day.

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