Our Daily Walk

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

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. (v. 7)

Walking was a necessary and natural daily activity for the Israelites, who were instructed to share God’s commandments, as well as the stories of his people, while doing mundane tasks. Today we might include “while driving to school or the store, morning and evening.” In other words, always and everywhere.

The physical act of walking provides a helpful rhythm for remembering. Repetitive motion, like simply putting one foot in front of the other, jogs a part of the brain that helps make connections. One year I copied Bible verses I wanted to memorize on note cards and put them on a key ring to carry with me on walks, hoping to improve spiritual health at the same time as physical health.

Moses instructed the Israelites to write God’s words on their doorposts and gates, and to bind them on hands and foreheads. Everywhere they walked, they would be reminded to love the Lord “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (v. 5). He did not want them to forget how miraculously they had been delivered from slavery, that God continually provided for them as they journeyed to the promised land. The remembering was for their benefit, “that it may go well with you” (vv. 3, 18) and “for our good always” (v. 24). —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Help us to remember and follow your Word as we go about our daily activities.