“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
In a recent study by Lifeway in 2012, 90 percent of Christians said they want to please and honor Jesus in all they do. Yet from the same study it was found that only 19 percent of Christians read their Bible on a daily basis. Jesus makes it clear that the way we show Him we love Him is by keeping His commands.
Many of us set out with good intentions when we try to obey God and His commands, but we find out quickly willpower alone just doesn’t cut it. The only way this is possible is by spending time with God in His Word. Jesus said where your treasure is there your heart will be also. In other words, whatever we treasure most, fills our heart.
When we choose to focus on His Word, it will dominate our thoughts. Reading our Bible is not just a line on our to-do list or a check box to make us feel better—and it’s not a manipulation to make Him love us. It’s a demonstration of how much we love Him. And we quickly realize we only love Him because He first loved us. This is why we read the Bible—in order to know and love God. When His Word settles on our hearts we form a treasure there that no earthly thing can take away.
Prayer: Father, give me a love for Your Word today. Thank you for the truth of Your promises and the power of Your love for me. Help me to hide your Word in my heart that I may not sin against You. Amen.