Years ago, when we were traveling in Los Angeles, we lost our son in a hotel parking garage. After frantically searching for him, a hotel employee eventually told us that there was a kid attempting to ride the elevator and it was certainly our son. If you’ve ever experienced something like this, the phrase “never leave our side again” was spoken. That same sentiment is one that we should have with Scripture.
In the Old Testament, the Jewish tradition sheds light on the commitment to obeying and following Scripture in what’s known as the “shema.” In this particular passage, the Israelites are instructed to “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” (Deuteronomy 6:8) Do you see the level of commitment and devotion that is required to study Scripture this way? Scripture becomes a central part of one’s life and easily influences every interaction and thought.
That type of influence is something that we are all searching for. Throughout our lives we search for truth and guidance from all kinds of sources. Maybe you are searching online or through relationships but we are all searching. The beautiful thing is the influence / truth we are all searching for is found within Scripture. If we are longing to be better people who love like Jesus, we have that example spoken to us through Scripture.
Friends, the Bible still speaks today. God is still revealing truth and love through the stories and teachings of Scripture. However, for those to have an impact on our lives we must spend time reading and reflecting on God’s word. Hebrews 4:12-13 states that “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Bible tells us that God’s word is alive and active. It will influence and shape who we are but we have to be willing to engage and study.