Take it to heart

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you–they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
(Deuteronomy 32:46-47 (NIV))

The Word of God is more than just a book. It is the very essence of a life fully lived.

God is the Creator and maker of all things. When have you seen anything complicated hat someone has made that did not have instructions? Let’s face it, life IS complicated. Every day we are faced with choices that have the potential to lead to either sin or to grace. It is not always easy to recognize which direction will lead to which result. Take heart, for the Creator has given us an instruction manual. He has given us His Word to read and reflect upon and to follow.

He has also done something much better than giving us a written account of what we should do. He has sent His Son, Jesus as His Word made flesh to show us an example of what we are to do.

Perhaps we should take another look at the passage under a new light. We are told to take all of the words to heart so that they will have an impact on our lives. We must remember that Jesus is the Word made flesh. This places a whole new meaning to the concept of inviting Jesus into your heart. Jesus literally inhabits your heart as the Word of God. He is there to guide and direct us so that we can live long in the land and in the grace and mercy of salvation in heaven.

Have you taken the Word to heart?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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