Hide God's Word

Psalm 119:9-11, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Psalm 119:15-16, "I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."

God's word says in Psalms that we are to hide His word in our hearts. It says we should delight in His decrees, and should not neglect His word.

What does it mean to seek Him with all our hearts? I believe God wants us to come to Him, in His word, daily. Without knowing His word (the Bible), there is no way we can know how He expects us to live. We can't delight in that which we don't know.

I believe that when anyone has a question, they should always first go to the Bible. The Bible has far more answers than people realize. However, we'll never know this if we don't go to His word daily.

I don't think you need to say, "I have to read an hour a day or God won't be happy with me". The Bible doesn't give time specifications. It just says we should be in His word. Some do better starting out their day with God. Some need to grab time with God during nap time in the afternoon. Others do better in the evening after the kids have gone to bed. Whatever time you choose, know that you SHOULD choose. Your life, and that of your family WILL be affected if you go daily to God's word. It is a change worth making.

If you miss a day, don't beat yourself up. Don't let anyone else beat you up either. Frankly, they should spend their time focusing on their own life and not so much worrying about yours. Life happens. God knows life happens. He knows we get sick. He knows our kids and husbands get sick. He knows that sometimes you will forget or not wake up in time just because you're too tired. He's not waiting to browbeat you. He's still waiting with open arms; eager for the day you come back...whether that be tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now (or several), or a year from now. He just wants you to come.

If you need a Bible, there are places that give them for free. Some thrift stores offer them, some churches will give them away. Often, if you'll just ask, one will be provided for you. If you still need a Bible and can't find a resource locally, then e-mail me. They're offered free at our local thrift store and I'd be happy to get one from there and mail it to you. (And I will keep your request confidential.)


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