“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding, but in all yours ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
This is my life verse. My mom wrote it in my first Bible and then in every Bible after that, that she gave me. I memorized it and found great encouragement in that verse. But have you ever realized that when you begin to hear something over and over again it begins to lose it’s meaning or maybe even it’s potency. I have found myself rehearsing that verse and yes understanding what it means, but not actually applying it and letting God’s Word take hold in my life.
Something I’ve learned is that memorizing Scripture is good, it’s awesome, but if you don’t take it and apply it, then what good is it.
It says in Psalm 119:9, “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word,” and then in verse 11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” It also says, in James 1:22-25, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
So not only is it important to keep God’s Word in our hearts, but it is even more essential to obey it. Practice it. Live it. That’s what Christ did, and as Christians we are called to be Christ like – imitators of Christ.
Back to the verse I started with. I realized that for a long time I have had Proverbs 3:5-6 stored in my heart, but there are many times when I don’t live that verse out. I just recently read over that verse again and asked myself, “Am I trusting God with ALL my heart? Am I seeking His will in EVERYTHING I do? Or am I taking bits and pieces of what God tells me and adding my own two cents?”
So many times I think that we take scripture and morph it into our own version to “fit” our life, but the thing is that since we are Christians and thus new creations, the Bible does “fit” our life because our life should be founded in Christ. This is beside the point though; like it says in James 1 If we listen to God’s Word and don’t obey it, then it is like looking at yourself in the mirror and forgetting what you look like. No one does that. Yet oftentimes when we read the Bible we forget seconds later what we read. That is why it is essential to not only memorize scripture, but to live it out. That is the only way it will actually begin to take root in our lives and change the way we live, and to help us live holier and pleasing lives to God.
So I challenge you (if you actually made it through my little tangent) to read through Proverbs 3:5-6 again and live it out. You’ll find that there is absolute truth to the passage. Once you begin to put your trust in God alone and not the things of this world He really will begin to make your path straight. It may take some patience, but like I’ve said before, living a life for God may not be comfortable, but it’s the safest way to live, to live radical.