Reflection: Deuteronomy takes a turn towards the end of chapter 6, where a son asks the meaning of all the laws. In response, he is told the story of God’s redemption of the people of Israel and how they were brought out of slavery by God’s mighty hand. The text goes on to say obedience and fear of the Lord will help them prosper. We sometimes think of God’s laws and decrees in a
similar way to our own contemporary laws and constitutions. But the Bible never ceases to tell us the story of God’s redemptive work and his love for us. As fathers, we should not hesitate to share our own family story and speak of God’s love as the story he has brought us all into. And all of us have a part to play in God’s redemptive plan, for ourselves and those around us.
Questions: When was the last time you told a story to your children? Not a bedtime story, one that begins with “There was this time when God worked in my life…”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your redemptive plan and for calling me into your story. I pray that I will obey your Word and contribute
love to your grander story for us.
We’re reading the Bible until September 8th with Rick Pekan. Rick is Bible Society Australia’s church and community relations coordinator in WA. With his wife Louise, Rick has been a foster carer for 40 children as well as having four children of their own.