January 31, 2009

January 31–Words to Take to Heart

In our corner of the world, we have such accessibility to the Bible. It’s very easy to forget that there are many Christian sisters and brothers around the world who are desperate to own a Bible–much less be able to freely read and openly study the Scriptures without fear of persecution or prosecution. There are, also, still so many others throughout our world who do not yet know, and have never read for themselves, the grace and truth of God that is found in the Bible–the written, inspired word of the Living God.  God’s words that are our life.

Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day…They are not just idle words for you-they are your life. Deuteronomy 32:46-47

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                          I have to admit that I take my easy access to the Bible for granted way too often.  Just as I do the air I breathe, the food I eat, the water I drink. Even though I desperately need each of these to live.

It is the same with the Word of God. God calls each of us take to heart all of His words and to live by them. Because they are our life. 

God’s words are not just idle–like a vehicle going no where, just sitting, running its engine–with no movement, and just getting emptier and emptier of all of its energy source.

Rather, God’s words are to be taken to heart–taken to the very core of our being and strength. Taken to heart so that God’s words may give us all that we need to live.

We need love–God is love–1 John 4:8

We need unfailing love–Exodus 15:13                                                                     

We need to love–God, others, self–Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18; Mark 12:30-31; Matthew 37-39; Luke 10:27

We need hope–God is our hope–Romans 15:13                                                         We need to put our hope in God’s word–119:24

We need peace–God is the Prince of Peace–Isaiah 9:6                                             We need peace beyond our understanding–Philippians 4:7

We need forgiveness–God offers forgiveness–Psalm 130:4; Acts 2:38

We need eternal salvation–which  is fully dependent on God–Psalm 62:7–coming only through the name of Jesus alone–Acts 4:12

We need life–the LORD is our LIFE–Deuteronomy 30:19-20; John 14:6

No, God’s words are not idle–they are powerful, healing, filling, freeing, purposeful. God’s words are our very life.

Let’s  choose, really choose, to get to know God’s words and take them to heart–in every area, every relationship, every circumstance, every moment of our lives.

God has given us such a love gift through giving us the Bible–God’s written, inspired, life-giving words. Never to be taken for granted. They are to be taken to heart.

And we are to freely, fully share God’s words of life with those whose hearts have not yet taken them in!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane