Yet Another Good Reason to Study God's Word

As if you needed another excuse to study God's word, here's one.

Steve Snodgrass (CC)

King David, known as a man after God's heart, wrote:

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psa. 119:11)

The more I study scripture, the more I realize how true this verse is. When I get tired, irritated, or tempted I find increasingly that a verse finds its way into my head.

And, while I can still choose to ignore these words and sin, it is much easier to avoid the pitfalls when I can lean on scripture. I know that God is truth and therefore His word his truth.

Just a simple example: when I get frustrated with someone and long to lash out at him, I am reminded that we should be "slow to become angry" (Jas. 1:19). Again, this doesn't always work, because I can choose to let my flesh take over. I can still decide to yell or retaliate or complain. But when I know the truth, my decision is all the more easy.

And as dense as I am, I need that.

But here's the cool part: this process is almost subconscious. This is what David meant by "I have hidden you word in my heart." When you study the word, it becomes part of you. The Spirit embeds Himself in your subconscious, aiding you when you're tempted.

John 1:1 tells us that God is His word. It's alive and it speaks to you at times when you need it. So hide it in your heart, and you just might not sin against Him.

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