“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Moment-by-moment faith starts with spending daily time in God’s Word. But sometimes it feels like such an uphill battle.
We are exposed to words today more than at any time in human history. Most of us literally wake up and look at a screen, checking emails and news feeds and social media. All through the day we’re inundated with words from advertisements and texts and instant messages. So it comes as no surprise that we’re spending less time on deliberate reading than ever before.
Surrounded by all these words, how in the world are we supposed to spend time in the Word?
I think the answer lies in the verse above. That famous passage starts by saying that we are to love God with everything we have. But then it goes on to list very practical ways to go about doing it.
I believe this is the key. I believe that simple, practical application is what God meant when he said to have his Word written on our hearts.
So often we put the Bible on a shelf with the best of intentions – we want to honor it as something important. But so often it ends up staying there and collecting dust while we read other less important things. Instead we need to find simple ways to include it in our daily lives.
Try leaving a Bible by your bed and reading it first thing in the morning or last thing at night (or both!). Write a Bible verse on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror or on the dashboard in your car. Get a Bible app on your phone and read it while you’re waiting in line at the post office or grocery store.
These are just a few random ideas for making God’s Word a part of the every day. Pray and ask God to help you come up with some other ideas. Put them into practice. Most importantly, ask him to give you a hunger for his Word. That is a prayer God loves to answer, and that’s the beginning of having his Word written on your heart.