June 13, 2017

John 14:2 (NLT) — 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

As Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven are we preparing a place in our lives for his word? I talked a little bit about this yesterday and I want to continue the thought today. The following verses came up in my daily bible reading which caused me to think that I must talk about why we would want to make room for Jesus’ words in our lives.

Deuteronomy 17:18–20 (NLT) — 18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

God considers his word the most important thing that we can make room for in our hearts. His instructions for every king of Israel was that they make a copy of his word for themselves. Imagine the time that it took to copy the first five books of the bible. That in itself would occupy a bit of the kings time. Perhaps if king David had been doing that he might not of had time to wander about on his roof and watch Bathsheba bath in the nude. Just saying. When we don’t know what to do and have time on our hands perhaps we could use our hands to copy the memory verses we are learning this year.

The king was also supposed to read the word daily as long as he lived. The word of God isn’t like a novel where you read it once and you got it. We can glean something new from the bible each day. God said that the king would learn to fear the Lord by obeying all of his word. When we read the word we realize how awesome, how powerful and how wonderful our God really is. We realize that his will is far better and more important than our will. When we yield to his will by obeying his word that is part of what it means to fear the Lord.

God said that regular reading of his word would keep a person from becoming proud and acting as if we are better than others. When I read the word I realize that God is good and I am not. God is right and I am wrong. God is God and I am not. I am the one in great need of grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I find that I become proud and act like I am better than others when I am not making room for God’s word in my heart. Compared to God we realize that we have nothing to brag about. And what we do have comes from God in the first place. We don’t know this until we read his word.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

God said that regular reading of his word would keep us from turning away from him. God has faith in the power of his word. When we make room for his word in our hearts the power of that word is released into us. The word is God’s breath and  his breath always brings life. Reading and obeying the word is like have God doing mouth to mouth resuscitation on the spirit within us.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV84) — 16 All Scripture is God-breathed…

I find myself turning away from God when I haven’t made room in my heart for his word; when I haven’t let him breathe his word into me.

If the king copied, read, and obeyed the word God promised that he would always have decedents to take over the throne. What a wonderful promise for us also. If we make room for God in our hearts and are diligent to put that word into practice our offspring from generation to generation will live for the Lord! Children have a way of following their parents.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) — 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

I let the word direct me and then I can direct my children.

Be Inspired Hilltop!