As I get older the more hectic life seems to become. There are more things I am responsible for, more times and dates to schedule, more homework…the list is ongoing. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with the things around us that it starts to consume our thoughts, actions, and attitudes. Although it seems like the world is getting away from us, the beautiful fact of it all, is that God never lets go. This is what I have to constantly remind myself of. In the midst of everything that is going on around me God is unchanging. He is the one aspect of my life that I can always rely on to be there for me. Why is it then that when I get busy I can easily start neglecting Him?
It’s easy to get into the mindset that since God is always there He can wait until we have time for Him. He will understand if we have way more pressing matters to deal with, right? I don’t know about you but I find that in the business of life it is easy for me to let my guard down, whether it’s the music I listen to, the movies I watch, or the things I say. I stop focusing on Gods statues and start picking up the ways of the world. In order to know Gods precepts Christians have got to know the Word. “The word will not return void” (Isaiah 55:11). It will not lead us astray. It will not change. It will remain. The “word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We don’t just read the word…it reads us. The words on the page are not merely words. They are God given. We don’t doubt that God knows the things that are in our hearts. Why would the word be any different? The word helps us to hear, understand, and communicate with the Holy Spirit. It keeps us engaged with Gods heart when we are truly diving into scripture.
By guarding your heart with the word you are setting a standard for yourself that is in line with Gods. Engaging in the word is a part of loving God with everything; your mind, your soul, your body, and your strength (Luke 10:27). Psalm 119: 6 asks the question: How can a young man (or woman) keep his way pure? The passage continues on with this answer: He can walk in purity by guarding his heart with the word. The word is a seed deeply rooted in our hearts. As the man knows the word he becomes increasingly aware of who God is which makes him aware of who he is in Christ. As He focuses on God he starts to be “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18). In Psalm 119:11 This same man has stored up Gods word in his heart so that he will not sin against Him. It isn’t enough to be familiar with a verse. It has to be applied to your life. It has to actually mean something to you. When we dive into the Bible the Holy Spirit can bring to our memory verses that we have looked over, learned, and ones that have impacted us. It is a powerful tool to fight the enemy.
This is my challenge for all of you: find time each day to be in the word. I used to view time in the word as something I had to add-on to my To-Do. I used to see it as boring. Now I have found that meditating on His word all day long is not a task but in fact I delight in it, I am hungry to know more, I desire to know His word so I may become more like Him. Also, don’t think that you have to set aside a large chunk of time to be with Him. If you think this way then you may be waiting for free time that may never come. God just wants to be in communion with you each day. He wants to hear you speak to Him. He wants you to know Him. It is all about quality time not quantity.
Practical ways to get in the word each day:
1. What do you want to know? Find scripture about it! Memorize it! I have found it most helpful to write my memory verse down on a notecard and carry it with me wherever I go. At first I forgot had it in my pocket but eventually I started to remember and look at it more frequently. Anytime there is a free moment, could be two minutes, whip out your notecard and meditate on the word.
2. I have also seen people place the same verse throughout their room, their car, their lockers, etc. Anywhere. Keep reminding yourself of Gods promises.
3. At first I thought this might be boring but once I decided to check it out I found it most helpful. For a few dollars I was able to get an audio book on different books of the Bible like Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians on iTunes. Every now and then I will put it on while I am getting ready or walking to class.
4. Get someone to memorize scripture with you. My mentor and I right now are memorizing the book of Philippians together. She loves the word and has challenged me to start memorizing more. Find a friend or a mentor that can encourage you to keep growing in the Spirit.
5. Statistics show that the best times to study are right before bed and as soon as you wake up. Set aside a few minutes before bed and when you wake up look over your memory verse.
These are just a few things that have helped me. Before you know it the word will become something you love. It will be sweet, “sweeter than honey to [your] mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
You are a Chosen Generation: Chosen to know Him.