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What Will You Fear, Love, and Trust This Year?

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6:4–9

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It’s the beginning of another school year. Maybe you’re ready; maybe you’re faking it. Regardless, it’s here. Maybe you’ve been through this before; maybe you’re new to the rodeo. Now’s your time. Soon the students will start streaming in. Soon you’ll be handing out the books and laying down classroom procedures.

Maybe you’ve set up your classroom; maybe you have a ways to go. It’s likely, though, that if you look around, you’ll see artifacts of where you’ve been, where you want to go, and how you want to present yourself. In all things, you have an opportunity— an opportunity to use your classroom to show students who God is and what He’s done for them. In Lutheran schools, we’re privileged to be able to hang the Ten Commandments to remind us of God’s Law. We can hang crosses to remind us of the Gospel of Christ. We can post Bible posters with or without inspirational verses to keep our students’ eyes (and our eyes) focused on God’s Word.

This is good. God commanded His people in Deuteronomy 6 to constantly and continually remember His promises—to hold up His Word in front of our eyes so as not to forget it. And boy, do we forget! You and your students will do your fair share of turning aside from God’s Word this year. But remember that despite your sin, God in Christ is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse. Hold up His Word for you and your students. Read it and repeat it.

This week in devotions, we’ll look at the First Commandment and what it means to fear, love, and trust in God above all things. It may sound cliché to begin with some reflections on the First Commandment and Luther’s explanation, but hear me out. We come to the first week of school with obstacles to fear, kids to love, and trust to build. As you begin, remember God’s powerful Word. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now live in God’s amazing peace.

What do you fear, love, and trust? What will you fear, love, and trust this year? My prayer is that as you begin this adventure, you’ll hold up the truth of God’s Law and the joy of the Gospel before you and your students. That you’ll find your security, identity, and sense of meaning in your teaching as God’s called child. That you’ll see all that you do in your classroom as an important part of God’s ongoing salvation history, and that this will give you a peace that passes all understanding in Christ.

Here we go.



Question: How have you chosen to display God’s Word in your classroom and school this year?


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for this amazing calling. Please guide and direct our hearts by Your Word and the Spirit this year, that all our doings and life may please You. Help us to hold up Your Word and rejoice in the mission to proclaim Christ this year. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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