Focusing on God’s Word

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

It takes a lot of effort to keep ourselves immersed in the Word of God.  We hear it, and it enters into our hearts, and it changes us and changes things and makes such a difference when we are allowing it to work.  But then the cares of this world fill our hearts or sorrow or some problem or just busyness and life, and that kind of pushes the Word out a little bit.  And maybe we forget some things that could really help us, or maybe what it says isn’t as important to us.

So we have to do some things to make sure the Word of God is always at the forefront of our hearts, our minds and our lives, because it is really the only thing that can make any difference at all.  So we teach it to others, and don’t we learn it that much better when we’re focusing on it enough to help someone else understand what it says?  And don’t we have to get a little deeper into the whys and the hows when we want someone else to be able to apply the Word to their lives?  And when we repeat it often enough, doesn’t it stick a little better?

But then we don’t just learn about it, but we keep learning about it.  And we talk about it because hearing it helps us remember it, and sharing about it keeps it real and alive.  And when we talk about it throughout the day, it is such a help to us, and when we talk about it everywhere we go, it can spread to other people and other places.  Imagine how our world could change if the people of God simply talked about His Word all the time and everywhere.

But that’s not enough.  We have to take it with us and put reminders of what God’s Word says everywhere around us so we see it no matter where we look, because we tend to forget.  Things out of sight are out of mind, and then things out of mind become out of our hearts and out of our lives, and so they are not practiced and applied, and then they are forgotten and then disobeyed.  The Word of God must be prominent in our lives because we need to know it and know it well and know it better and be able to follow its guidance.  So let us be sure to place it at the center of our lives and build everything else around it.