What is written first at the top of your to do list?
Week beginning: 26th February, 2017 | By Claire Wilkinson | Nairobi, Kenya
"Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT, 2007)
The most important of all Jewish prayers, this passage - the Shema Israel - is recited daily. Moses tells the people of God to listen and attend to the law constantly - because in so doing, the law also attends to us. We are meant to be continually renewing, self-reflecting people: asking "Are we the people that we are meant to be?" and remembering "Who is our God?" For those two things together keep us in tune with our God: He who flung stars into space, Master of time, the Creator and redeemer of all things, the Alpha and the Omega – the LORD is our God, and we are to love him with everything we have.
I don't know where you start this week – excited, challenged, stressed, content or confused – maybe all of those things, and more besides. Our lives in the study, practice and application of the law are a high calling – but somewhat ironically they can pull us away from the law that endures, and the God who gave it to us.
Let the Lord encourage you this morning by praying through the Shema Israel.
1. Pray that over the words of verses 4 and 5, and entrust yourself into the hands of the Lord again this morning.
2. Give thanks for the Student and Junior Lawyer weekend that has just taken place. Pray that the Bible teaching on Daniel, as well as the encouragement and fellowship will flow over into the lives of those who were there in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.