Today’s Daily Text is a reprint of one of the twelve short monthly studies I authored for the 2016-17 Seedbed Sower’s Almanac. This is the July entry. Learn more about the Almanac here.
September 4, 2016
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 doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
The life of faith is an every day life. The Word of God is an every day word. The life of faith and the Word of God are not meant to be compartmentalized into one day a week or even one portion of every day. They are intended to permeate the whole of our lives, our every day ordinary lives. I like the way The Message Translation renders James 1:21.
In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:21 The Message
Step one in keeping life’s greatest command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength,” is giving priority, preference, and place to God’s Word every day. We must move from compartmentalizing our faith to unleashing our love. Read the text again. Does God seem more interested in our taking a few minutes out of our day to focus on him or that we would be reminded at every turn to return our focus to God all day long? As James has it, God wants his Word to shape our days and landscape our lives.
1. What might it look like to creatively post the Word of God around your home? At work? At school?
2. In addition to making appointments with others on our calendars, what if we made calendar appointments throughout our days with particular verses of Scripture?
3. Count the number of Bibles in your home. For each Bible, write a different verse of Scripture on a Post-it note and put them in creative places around the house, car, etc.
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J.D. Walt, is a Bond Slave of the Lord Jesus Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org.