The Cracks

by | Apr 29, 2019 | Great Commission

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” NIV

In the last few years it has happened twice now. I have been busily munching away when-crack-I hear and then feel something go snap in my mouth. Each time I have experienced this, upon further examination I have discovered that a back molar has cracked and a small piece of tooth has fallen away. Fortunately the main part of the tooth has remained intact and with a little dental repair no real damage has been done.

These episodes have reminded me however of the need to be diligent in remembering God’s commands. Even though I have read and reread them and written about them and taught them I have also discovered that it is easy to get cracks in my memory. I remember part of a passage but not all of it. I remember the meaning of some passages but others cause me to scratch my head and search the files of my mind concerning their interpretation– I find myself thinking-now how does that go again-or where do I find that verse?

Is it any wonder then that God wrote what he did in Deuteronomy to the Israelites? He knows the frailty of the human mind. He knows how easy it is for cracks to form within our memories and that repetition, repetition and more repetition concerning the reading, studying, understanding and application of his word is necessary to keep our minds and hearts in tune with his will and his ways.

In today’s world of secularism spending time in God’s word is not a popular past time, even for many Christians. In fact there are those who would consider, that only those who are a little cracked in the head, would waste their time on such things. Far better, in my opinion however, to be labelled cracked in the head by man, than to have my relationship with God cracked in my heart due to forgetting parts of his commands and the glorious, healing truth of his word. How about you?

Prayer: Father God, thank you so much for the blessing of your word. Grant us as your children a hunger and thirst for you through the revelation of Scripture. May we not be ashamed to talk of your commands and ways as we walk throughout our day, to think upon them as we sit or lay upon our beds at night and to gather them together into our hearts day by day that our relationship with you may be whole and holy, through Christ, the Living Word, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Atlin, B.C.


The Cracks