"My son, if thou wilt receive my words..." Proverbs 2:1a
Gentlemen, that phrase, in Proverbs 2:1a, brings to mind this question: Are your words worth receiving?
In a previous post I challenged men with Deuteronomy 6:5:
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
The very next verse states:
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:" Deuteronomy 6:6
The only way in which you can make sure that your words are worth receiving is to make sure that you are putting God's Word into your heart.
As I stated to the men of our church, "To be a man of God you must be a man of God's Word!"
How can you be a man of God's Word? While the following is going to be familiar, it still bears repeating.
Read God's Word.
Gentlemen, do you have a time, each day, when you read God's Word? In the 21st century it has never been easier to read God's Word. Technology has made God's Word more accessible than it has ever been. Anyone can be a man (or woman) of God's Word!
Study God's Word.
Most people assume that, if they are reading God's Word, then they are studying God's Word. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Study means to give your attention to.
When you sit down to study God's Word, are you giving your attention to God's Word or, while you are reading God's Word, are you instead giving attention to your text messages, Facebook notifications, your daily "To Do" list, etc."
While I am very thankful to live in the 21st century, I will be the first to admit that there is so much that is vying for our attention. It is difficult to give your attention to just one thing at a time.
When you sit down to read God's Word, seek to do it in such a way that you will be able to give your attention to God's Word without distraction.
Memorize God's Word
Deuteronomy 6:6 states that God's Word should be in our heart. King David, in Psalm 119:11, wrote, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart..."
The only way to get God's Word into our heart is through memorization.
While it has never been easier to read and study God's Word, it's also never been easier to memorize God's Word.
I encourage our church family to memorize God's Word by using a smartphone app. (Although, there are plenty of "old-fashioned ways" in which you can memorize God's Word.) One such smartphone app is the Bible Memory app. In fact, our church family has a group with that particular memory app, that allows us to encourage one another to memorize our yearly church memory passage of Scripture. (Currently, in 2021, we are seeking to memorize 2 Timothy chapter 4.)
Meditate upon God's Word
How many of you know how to worry? (You can go ahead and raise your hand.)
If you know how to worry then you know how to meditate upon God's Word.
When we worry, we take a thought, a problem, etc., and we roll it over and over in our minds. It consumes our thinking.
Well, that is what it is to meditate. To instead take God's Word and roll it over and over in your mind. To allow it to consume your thinking.
First of all, you need to take the thought that worry that is consuming your thinking and give it God for 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our cares (worries) upon the Lord. Why? Because He cares for us.
Then, we put God's Word in the place of that worry and we roll God's Word over and over in our minds.
Don't know what to start with? I would encourage you to memorize and then meditate upon Isaiah 26:3-4:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: For in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:"