"When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them: 'Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today; give them as a command to your children, so that they may diligently observe all the words of this law. This is no trifling matter for you, but rather your very life; through it you may live long in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.'” (NRSV)
Moses tells the people God's Word is "your very life" so don't treat what God says as a "trifling matter." Quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, Jesus says the same thing in Matthew 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Psalm 119:93 agrees, "I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life." In John 6:63 Jesus says, "The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
We know YHWH is our life from Deuteronomy 30:20, "The LORD your God...he is your life" but, do we realize His Word is also our life? The fact that the LORD's Word is our life should be a simple connection since John 1:1-4 tells us Jesus is the Word and in Him was life.
Since it is true, God and His Word are life, why the lack of interest in God's Word? Forgive me, I know I am preaching to the choir, but I do struggle with the fact that God's Word is not a priority. His Word seems to be a trifling matter not just to unbelievers but to many believers in the Church, also. I don't think the Bible would be so quickly set aside for other things if the fact that God's word is life were commonly accepted.
I sometimes wonder if we shouldn't think of the Bible as His Voice rather His Word. God is talking to Roy. Do I hear His Voice speaking to me as I read? This is one of the reasons it is so helpful to put your name in Scripture. The Bible is God's letter to you personally. His Voice is calling you.
Thank you for faithfully studying and applying God's Word. What a blessing to know in Him and His Words, we have "a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)
O LORD God thank You for Your Word, both Living and written. May they be our delight. How would we ever know You and Your ways without them? Please Holy Spirit, stir a passion in all our Father's children for His way, law, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, and rules. May we all long for His Voice.
Last Sunday, our 8 am HDW group had a thought-provoking discussion about the way each of us reads the Bible. Anthony, one of the group, suggested this John Piper article as an excellent source to broaden our perspective. Thanks, Anthony. This is well worth your time to read. If you find articles videos, sermons or any other source that would be of assistance in our effort to draw near to God, please don't hesitate to send it to me. Roy
Never Read The Bible Simply To Know by John Piper