Deuteronomy 11:13-21 (NIV)

13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today–to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul– 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.  16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.  17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NIV) 

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

DEVOTION – Charlotte Mande Ilunga (Cape Town, South Africa)

When I was a child, my Sunday school teacher gave us stickers for every achievement and candy to everyone who memorized a Bible verse correctly.  I began to memorize as many verses as I could each week so I could get extra sweets.  I ended up knowing hundreds of verses!

During my teenage years, I became a youth leader in a rural area.  Most of the young people there didn’t own a Bible, and my knowledge of Bible verses became a big asset to my work with the youth.

Now when I look back on those times, I thank God for my Sunday school teacher who encouraged us to learn the Bible.  While my memorizing Bible verses began only because I loved candy, that habit matured into meaningful study of the scripture – so that from age 16, I have been able to enrich my life and the lives of others.  Now, as a parent, I share my experiences with my children and encourage them in our daily prayer time to learn – yes, even memorize – God’s word.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Meditating on Bible verses is the beginning of applying them in life.

PRAYER:  Thank you, Lord, for those who teach children your word. Give us eagerness and willingness to be part of your work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Sunday School Teachers

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