“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
You can hardly watch a movie, pick up a magazine or novel, or listen to the radio today without hearing or seeing the Lord’s name taken in vain. Even Christians use the phrase “Oh God!” in everyday language. As a society, we seem to have lost our reverence for and fear of the Father.
Maybe that’s why the Lord plainly instructs us to be careful about speaking His name. In fact, He made it the third of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (
King David understood and respected Jehovah and His mighty power: “You have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name” (
Before you say good night…
Father, remind us to treat Your name with great reverence and honor. Forgive us if we’ve spoken of You in a light or frivolous way. We know that our children are watching and listening…and so are You. Amen.
This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.