Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking him to meet you and speak to you.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.
Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
– Deuteronomy 4: 9-14
Moses was very intentional in making sure that the people of Israel did not forget all of the amazing things they had seen God do. That is why he urged parents to teach their children about God’s great miracles.
This principle is still important today: We should teach our children the great “God” stories that we have seen with our own eyes throughout the years.
By looking back, we can be assured that God’s way is the best way to live.
These stories can keep us going through the valleys that we all face in life. Sharing such experiences helps to grow in our faith and keep our eyes totally on God. What a wonderful way to pass this principle on from generation to generation!
The Big Question
Stories that “we can’t explain” are often faith building and contagious. Are you sharing such stories with your children the way that Moses encourages us to do? How about with your friends and neighbors?
Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.