Instruction manuals. Sigh.
They can be confusing or unclear. Often, the print is so small a magnifying glass is needed. Sometimes, the user completely tosses the manual aside and does their own thing (no need to confess—we’ve all done it. Ha.).
God cares enough about His people that He gives an instruction manual, so to speak, for following Him—the Bible, God’s Word.
Admittedly, parts of the Bible can be confusing. However, God’s instructions on how we should live in relationship with our families and community are quite clear. And He explains why these instructions are put in place—because He loves us and wants all to go well with us.
Deuteronomy 6 & 7 put a large emphasis on God’s Word.
Read Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 (ESV).
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
God’s Word is important. It’s vital.
Jesus reiterates the importance of God’s Word when He says, “[…] Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God ’” (Matthew 4:4 ESV).
Our instruction manual is more than ink on paper. It’s life. It’s living. It’s active. It’s a gift from God given to us because He loves us.
Let’s read His Word. Let’s teach it to our children. Let’s do what the Word says.