This week while I was reading I came across a section of scripture in Deuteronomy that was instructions for Israel’s future kings. There are instructions for lots of things in Deuteronomy and sometimes it gets rather tedious, but this really jumped out at me. It was Deuteronomy chapter 17 verse 14, “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ and you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. . .” God goes on to say that the king should be one of them, not from somewhere else, he should not have too many horses, or wives, or even excessive silver and gold, so that the king’s heart would not turn away from God. But verses 18-20 were the ones that struck me,
“18 “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.”
I loved these verses because God is telling the future king it is imperative that he knows God’s word. He had to write it down, make sure the priests verified what he had written, and read it every day. Why? To know God, to keep humble, to follow God’s commands, to be an example to others. Even the King was not beyond reading the Word daily! It was a great encouragement for me to stay committed to reading God’s Word as a regular part of my daily rhythm.
Since Jesus came and established a New Covenant with us, one that says that we have the Law of God written on our hearts, the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us helping us know God, know right from wrong, and follow Him, the idea of knowing His Word becomes even more exciting for us. We aren’t just reading to know His rules and HIs ways, we are reading because we are a part of Him and He is a part of us! Our souls come alive when we nurture them with His Word.
Now, there is not one way to get into God’s Word, or get God’s Word into you. There is no prescription from God or mankind telling us how to do this, and I know a lot of people that enjoy learning about the Word in a wide variety of ways, ways that I would not resonate with, but that work for them, so I though it would be interesting to start a conversation here about how you, yes you (don’t just read this and move on!) spend time reading, listening, meditating or whatever else you may do to get into His Word. How do you do it? Where and when do you do it? If you don’t, maybe the ideas or methods you see here may encourage you to start. Regardless of where you are in your process, my hope here is that you too would be encouraged to get into God’s Word regularly, so you too may know God more and deeper, keep humble, follow God’s commands, and be an example to others. Get into God’s Word, and get God’s Word into you!