Deuteronomy 11:18,19 – “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Every year for the last several years, my husband and I have had a date night with our children. He goes with our daughter and I go with our son. It is a special time that we all look forward to all year long. My husband and my daughter always go somewhere nice – you know, the kind of place that has a dress code. My son and I, however, well…let’s just say we are getting there. Our first date night was to a sandwich place at the beginning of a snow storm. It was memorable in its’ own right.
But tonight, we are going some place that has valet parking, not that I would pay to have someone park my car because I’m too lazy to walk, but the principle is there that this is a pretty swanky place. I’m excited. My son is quickly growing up before my very eyes and soon, he will be taking another girl out for Valentine’s day. I still hope that he wants to take his mom out some time through the month of February.
Anyway, I know you have to be wondering what in the world this has to do with our verses today.
God instructed the children of Israel to teach the laws and commandments to their children. It was to be very important, a daily task. They were to teach them the importance of following God. They were to teach them how to follow Him. They were to teach them why they should follow Him.
Do we do this today? Do we teach our children about the principles and necessity of following after Christ and sharing Him with others? We teach our children how to play sports, why we play sports, but do we teach our children how we are to approach worship services and why we go to worship services?
Date night at our house is special because it provides one on one time with our children. It is an opportunity to see how they are really doing, what they fear, what they are excited about, their dreams, answer questions that they may have but have been too busy or too scared to ask. It is not only a time of enjoying each others company but also a time of teaching. They learn who their mom and dad truly are. They learn what is really important to us. It is an opportunity to teach them something about God. It is an opportunity to teach them the importance of one on one time with those that they love – namely, it should be a time to encourage their walk with the Lord.
I want to encourage you today, especially if you have children, to make time for those that you love. Typically, you put your heart and soul into the things or people you love. Do you do the same for your Savior? When was the last time you had a “date night” with Jesus? When was the last time that you devoted time to just you and Him?