And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel he said to them, “Take to heart all these words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. - Deuteronomy 32:45-47
God’s word is meant to be taken to heart. It is not meant simply to be read or heard but to be brought the centrality of a person’s being to be meditated and obeyed. The core and essence of a person—thoughts, affections, desires, will are to be centered on the life-giving word of God. But it does not end there. There is a purpose to taking God’s word to heart. It is to model, teach and command our children.
I want to be touched and filled to the core with God’s word. Doing my devotions is not just a routine to be filled with bible trivia and facts—it is my very life. It is through Scripture by the Spirit that I am able to understand the things freely given to me by God in Christ (1 Cor. 2:12). It is not idle or empty word that I read but God-breathed and inspired word of life that reveals the majesty of Christ and glory of God. My personal transformation is not an end to itself. I have to demonstrate and teach them to Judah, Noah and Ezra.
You are my life. Where would I be with your word? How can I stand without your mercy? Please forgive me for not reading your word heart-first. I am different today because I am taking your word to heart. Help me to be like Ezra who read, meditated, obeyed and taught Scripture. May you use me to bring a revival to your word in Hawaii.