An essential part of living in God’s presence, and knowing His love in an increasingly deeper way, is committing His Word to memory.
Scripture is ablaze with the passion of God for us. We need to consume the Words He has spoken, thinking on them often, repeating them to ourselves over and over, until they are etched into our hearts, until we can hear His divine voice in our minds.
We do not use the word consume lightly. Consider this: The first glimpse the world has of the Word of God becoming flesh is Jesus Christ, the Lord, placed in a manger, a stone feeding trough. (John 1:14, Luke 2:12)
It’s not a coincidence that there was no room for Him in the inn.
This is our Father’s narrative. He tells us plainly that the baby lying in a feeding trough is a semeion (say-mi-on), an indication or a supernatural sign. The sign is a visual picture of what Jesus is for us. God’s fullest expression of love is the spiritual food that gives us life. We need it more than bread, more than water.
"And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.'" John 6:35
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
When we meditate on Scripture, we make a home for the Word to live in us. Here are some of the results:
- We are set free – literally in the Greek, liberated from slavery. (John 8:32)
- We receive life (Psalm 119:93)
- We are guided out of sin (Psalm 119:11)
- We recognize the voice of God (John 10:27)
- We discern God’s will (Romans 12:2)
- We see wondrous things of God (Psalm 119:18)
- We receive wisdom and understanding (Psalm 19:7, 119:104)
- We feel the presence of God (Psalm 16:11)
- We abide in God’s love (John 15:5)
- We are equipped with weapons against the enemy (Ephesians 6:17)
- We are built up (Acts 20:32)
- We are offered medicine for our flesh (Proverbs 4:22)
- We receive hope and comfort (Psalm 119:49-50, 114)
- We live fruitful lives (Psalm 1:1-3)
- We receive our inheritance (Acts 20:32)
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31