“When [the king] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees….” –Deuteronomy 17:18-19
It’s been three years since we began training Lexi to walk on her leash, and I still bring treats with me every time we go out. She’s still learning to walk. Lexi has learned a lot since we adopted her. She doesn’t bite the leash anymore; she waits at crosswalks; she knows she shouldn’t charge at passing cars. But she’s still distracted by squirrels. Sometimes she pulls at the leash. She’s likely to bark at other dogs. She hasn’t mastered loose-leash walking yet. She’s still in training. Every Christian is always in training. We’re still learning to walk with God. Deuteronomy 17 advises the King of Israel to “read [the law] all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God.” The king will never master faithfulness. He’s in training every day of his life. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” We can never learn everything there is to know about walking in faith. Three years, five years, ten years, fifty years later, God still has something to teach us.
Dear God, Bless me to keep learning to walk with you. Amen