To have something as the apple of your eye is to cherish and call it precious. But do we place that much importance on the Word of God as it tells us to in this Scripture? Proverbs 4:4 says, “He taught me and said, ‘Lay hold of My Words with all your heart; Keep My commands and you will live.’ ” Both verses you notice use the phrase, “Keep My commands and you will live.” It’s only for our good, God is telling us, that we should give careful attention to His Word and obey what it says…for His Word leads to life.
I had the “Rules of the Road” booklet for the State of Illinois out the other day when I thought to myself, “My goodness! Driving a car sure has lots of rules and regulations tied to it!” The same goes for the Old Testament Laws spoken of here…all 613 of them. In this verse Paul was quoting Deuteronomy 27:26 and basically telling us that it’s impossible to keep all 613 Laws perfectly. So what are we to do? We’re doomed before we even try. Enter Jesus Christ, who came to redeem us from the judgement and punishment of this curse, for it tells us in Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us…” In other words, our inability to keep all the Laws was overcome by the blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Time was short for the elderly Joshua when he warned the Jewish leaders about being enticed by foreign gods. He wanted them to be fully aware of what the allure and deception of foreign gods could do to the Jewish people. He urged them to remain faithful to the Word of God…persevering with self-discipline in their walk…guarding their hearts and minds from deceit…veering neither to the right nor to the left but always keeping on the straight and narrow. Joshua’s words ring true for God’s people today…Be courageous, keep guard, remain faithful.
So many times I get into the Bible, only to not be able to remember a single thing I read an hour later. It’s not that I don’t want to glean wisdom from the Word…it’s just that my mind wanders and my attention wanes. Meditation simply means to contemplate, reflect, or dwell upon…which then takes reading the Bible to a whole different level. When I can take a passage I’m reading and ponder how I can apply it practically to my life…the scripture will then morph into a plan, and an aspiration for me. I can take what I just read and apply it to my life and it then becomes part of me.