“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.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for! How often do we share the things that the Lord has done for us with others? In Deuteronomy 11 God is reminding the children of Israel of all the things that he has done for them and how their kids will never know these things, UNLESS they share them with them.
“And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, and his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land.” Deuteronomy 11:
Now I don’t have kids, but when we do I want them to know of the awesome things the Lord has done for us and them! Our kids won’t know about all the times on deputation when the Lord provided for us at exactly the right moment, or kept us safe while we were traveling, because they weren’t there. But they SHOULD know, we should tell them how the Lord provided and got us to where we are today(or where we will be). In verse 18 it says ‘bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.”. A frontlet is like a headband worn on the forehead. Obviously if you have a headband on your forehead everyone is going to see it. That’s how it should be in our life! We should be so excited about the things of God that they just pour out and overflow and everyone can’t help but see them.
I was talking to my mom and she said that whenever they sit down for a meal, if Kyle and I are traveling they always pray for us. They pray that the Lord would protect us while we are traveling, and that the church, that we are presenting the ministry of Peru to, would be touched by the Lord through us sharing our burden. She said that she loves to be able to tell my brother and sister of how it went, so that they can see the Lord answering their prayers.
Now here in Deuteronomy it’s talking about them sharing these things with their kids, but I think it can apply to people other than our family as well. Missionaries write a monthly prayer letter. Why? So that we can let other people know how great God is and how wonderful his blessings are. So many times I’m sure we turn down the opportunity to share at church. You know when the Pastor says “Ok does anyone have a word of testimony?” And that’s when you think of that thing the Lord did for you this week, but then we say in our head “Ehhh, maybe next time..”. I know I’m guilty. Or how about among our friends? I know I am always so encouraged to here of how the Lord has been working and using my friends lives. I just got to see one of my close friends get married, and I love seeing how the Lord is saving people overseas, how a friend of ours on deputation is closer to leaving for the field, or seeing someone arrive to the field. (I just got to see our friends arrive in Thailand!) All of these things show how great and awesome our God is, but also encourages me to keep working hard for the Lord. But if we keep them to ourselves we might miss out on being able to give Praise to God and being a blessing to someone else.
Next time you put on a headband, think about all the people that will see it, and think of how you can be a blessing to them this week instead of keeping all of the blessings to yourself. My Pastor says “We are blessed to be a blessing.”.