This is a follow up post to my previous post “How to Survive a Spiritual Winter.” (Click here to read that post first).
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 11:18
There’s no way around it, if we’re going to store God’s Word in our hearts and live with expectant hearts, hearts that expect to see God’s faithfulness to His Word in our lives, we have to learn and know what His Word says. Knowing it means we have to have read or heard God’s Word in such a way that it becomes intimately familiar with us.
I love the two definitions of the word “know” given in the Oxford dictionary. The first is “to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information.” We come to know God’s Word by observing it around us, in church sermon’s, in our own Bibles and Bible studies, and so on. We seek to gain information about what His Word says, through both listening and reading and studying it. I also love the word inquiry here. When we seek to know God’s Word so that we can store it in our hearts, we need to first inquire God about what His Word says.
The second definition that the Oxford dictionary provides for the word “know” is “have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with.” And I think this meaning applies to knowing God’s Word as well. Not only do we need to inquire about what God’s Word says, observe it, and gather information about it, but, perhaps more importantly, knowing God’s Word is about being in relationship with Him. It’s about meeting with Him, spending time alone with Him reading and studying His Word, and, as I’ve already mentioned, becoming intimately familiar with Him and His Word.
For many of us, when we talk about knowing God’s Word in order to store it in our hearts, we might often think that this means scripture memorization, and in some ways yes it does, but this post is not about rote memorization.