“Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.”
In the Word
Yesterday, Jason spoke to the heart of the matter, that be in the Word of God.
This comes from going to church every Sunday (or Saturday … or any other day of the week you may find yourself attending), certainly, but there is so much more.
You cannot “Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck” unless you are continually reading, hearing, and thinking about the Word. This does not mean “always” or “every moment of every day.”
In fact, it could cause you to lose your job and maybe even relationships if this is all you did all the time.
In fact, some people are unable to read and/or listen daily to the Bible or sermons or other teachings due to work, ministry, persecution, and incarceration.
This is when we must think about (meditate, if you will, as meditation means “focused thinking”) God and His Word throughout the day. This is why it is okay to wear necklaces or bracelets with those little reminders (such as crosses or doves). This can be taking “tie them about thy neck” very literally!
Going and Doing
“When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.”
Knowing what the Bible says, what our Lord says, will guide our every decision.
Knowing the promises of God can help us rest at night, and we are more open to dreams the Lord may send our way!
Knowing we have a Heavenly Father guiding our every step, we can get out of bed and face the day with courage.
Even if we have times it feels like all of that is far off or not true for us, digging into the Bible and/or simply conversing with God (praying) can lift you up (by the Holy Spirit). In those times, we may even hear (most likely internally rather than audibly) God speak to us. He wants to speak with you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the written Word, thank You for Your Living Word, and thank You for Your promises. Please give us a steadfast spirit to seek out Your Word, to study and truly know it. Fill us with Your Spirit and remind us of Your promises.
June 12th, 2012 at 1:05 am
Good point about meditating on the Word.
June 12th, 2012 at 3:13 am
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June 12th, 2012 at 2:50 pm
I wish when I was younger that I would have had more passion to read God’s Word. I used to think that it was a chore to read but now I find myself wanting more and more! Thanks for the reminder!
June 12th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
I used to ask God why I waited so long to follow Him (16 years), but I have learned to thank Him that I have had as much time as I have. It has only been the past five years that I have maintained and enjoyed a passion for the Word of God (Scripture and Person). The greatest comment I have ever received is “I watched you every day for two months thinking, ‘Daniel, just show me who you really are, who you are when you are not thinking about God and His Word,’ but you never change. This is you!” I would like to see this remain true all the time, even though I know I frequently fall short!
June 13th, 2012 at 12:13 am
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