“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear. The Hebrew is shema.
Not just hear, though.
Because we hear a song but don’t remember the lyrics.
We hear the news but can’t recall the details.
We hear the directions but still get lost on the trip.
This “hear” is different.
Hear. Absorb. Internalize. Act accordingly.
In verse 3, Moses says, hear the Law so you can obey it.
In verse 5, Moses explains how to respond once you have heard verse 4.
Love the Lord your God
With all your heart
With all your soul and
With all your strength.
Maybe when we have trouble with Love
We should go back to Hear.
Hear what the Lord says about Himself.
Hear His instructions.
Hear His promises.
Absorb. Internalize. Act accordingly.
Maybe in this new year, we can commit
To hear. To shema.
The Lord our God, the Lord is one.