Lay It To Your Heart
Deuteronomy 4:39 (ESV) -- know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.
There are many things we need to preach to ourselves every day. Why? Because our hearts are so fickle and leaky that we tend to forget quickly. We need to remember regularly that our lives are formed on purpose by God, that we are accountable to Him, that Christ is a Savior to sinners, that our lives have purpose, that in Christ we live forever with God, and many others. Our hearts need constant reminders.
Our passage today showcases this reality. We read in Deuteronomy 4:39, “know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.”
Moses makes an emphatic statement, “know therefore today, and lay it to your heart….” The point here is urgency and importance. “Know this!” “Lodge this into your heart!” This is demonstrating how crucial of a topic he is discussing with the people. What is that topic? That the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. There is no other like Him.
Why would He want to drive this home into their hearts? Because what we believe about God is the most important thing about us. Our beliefs about God shape how we live. Moses wants them to know that God is above everything in heaven and earth. He rules and reigns. There is no being comparable in all the universe. So our allegiance, worship, and lives should be dedicated to Him above all else.
Have you driven this home into your heart? Do you preach this reminder to yourself regularly? It is crucial that we know it and lay it to heart. We don’t want our minds to drift from this truth because how we approach life will spring out of our view of God. Marriage, work, finances, health, morals, parenting, and everything else takes shape in our lives by what we think of God. So lay it to heart today that He is the ruler over everything in heaven and on earth. There is no other.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why does Moses want to drive this point home to the people?
- What are some ways that believing and knowing God is above all plays out in our lives?
- How does this passage challenge you and encourage you?
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