February 21 | God Requires Holy Living

Today’s Reading:

Read Leviticus 19:1,36-37

“…I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37 Keep all my statutes and all my ordinances and do them; I am the Lord.” 

What are some of the rules in your house?  Make a list of the top 5 rules or expectations in your home.  In our house, it was important that my daughters made their beds every morning.  That was an expectation. We also expected that they would treat each other and us (their mom and dad) with respect.  They knew what was important for them to do- even though sometimes they might forget. 

Leviticus 19 is a reminder for the Israelites of what God expected them to do.  In verses 3-4, God reminds them that He expected them to be faithful to His covenant.  They were expected to be obedient.  God also expected them to love others (Verse 18b). God reminded the Israelites that his expectation was that they live a life that was “holy” or set apart, and He gave them the tools to do that by reminding them of His covenant and the 10 Commandments that He gave Moses on Mount Sinai. 

God was very clear with the Israelites how He wanted them to live.  They knew what to do, even though sometimes they forgot!  Thankfully, God had set up a system to offer forgiveness when that happened. 


As a family, look at the list you made of the 5 things that would be considered a rule or an expectation in your householdTake some time to be sure everyone understands the rules and that everyone knows what is expected of themWhat are some of the consequences in your house for breaking those rules?   Thank God for his clear expectations and for his forgiving heart for when we don’t follow the rules set before us. 

February Memory Verse:

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

February Memory Verse

february memory verse song

February memory verse coloring sheet

february Fill-in the blank activity

february calendar