is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you
shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to
possess." (Deuteronomy 32:47)
puzzling that so many Christians try to live the Christian life without reading
their Bible, except for sporadic perusals of God’s Word, seeking a pithy
thought for the day. The Word of God is not merely a source of helpful
suggestions, preventative warnings, or inspirational thoughts: It is life
gathered the children of Israel at the edge of the Promised Land to review
their pilgrimage with Him. They had spent forty years in a desert because their
parents had not trusted God’s word. Their parents died without seeing the
Promised Land because they had not believed God’s word. Even the revered Moses
was soon to leave them because he had not shown proper reverence for God’s
word. Many of them knew those who had been put to death as a consequence of
their disobedience to God’s word. Over the years God’s word had become the most
important thing in the life of the Israelites.
commanded His people to bind His words on their hearts, to teach them diligently
to their children, and to regularly discuss them in their homes (Deut. 6:4–9).
So essential was His word that it was to hold a prominent place in the daily
lives of His people.
reverence for God’s Word is revealed not only by what we say but also by what
we do. Spending more time reading and studying the words of people rather than
the Word of God, reveals our hearts’ condition. To blatantly disregard God’s
Word is to reject life itself. To obey God’s Word is the surest way to
experience all that God has in store for us.