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.
The people of Israel were to be constantly surrounded by the Word of God. It was to be first within them, within their own hearts to sink down deep and do its work on the inside. It was to be on their lips, something they taught their children and talked about with each other. They were to take it with them where they went and put it on the doorposts where they would see it every time they came in and went out. It wasn’t to be something they looked at once in the morning and then set aside for the day.
What if we really lived this way today? What if we built our lives around God’s Word and His commandments and made it part of everything? What if we let it be ingrained in us and embedded in our lives so much that we couldn’t forget it no matter what happened? We don’t hide it in our hearts for it to stay hidden there, but so we can talk about it, teach it, and make it a prominent part of our daily lives so we can draw it out when we need it.
In our modern world, we have almost unlimited access to the Word of God in a lot of places. We have our Bible verse plaques on the walls of our homes and Bibles on our phones. But do we really look at it during the day and pay attention to what it is saying? Does it mean something to us? Are we saturating our homes and our speech and our hearts with God’s Word? It truly is such a precious gift from God, so may we not take it for granted. May it not become something that is just in the background of our day-to-day lives.
What kinds of things can we do to make this a reality? Basically just obey what God said. He commands the people to hide it in their hearts, to teach it, to have it everywhere. It wasn’t a suggestion or a good idea or something that might help a little bit. It was necessary for their lives. It was necessary here where they were now, and it would be necessary as they continued moving forward—into the promised land, exposed to the false idols of the other nations, facing challenges they hadn’t had to face yet. The truth is, in our world, with all the struggles and trials and difficult things that are out there, what we need more than anything is more of God’s Word in our lives.