“Desire God’s Word” (Deuteronomy 6: 6 – 7, ESV) by Carley Evans

God commands that His Word “be on our hearts.” We are to teach His Word “diligently to our children.” We are to “talk of them when [we] sit in [our] houses, and when [we] walk by the way, and when [we] lie down, and when [we] rise.” In other words, we are to have the Word available to us at all times, in all situations.

Christians who do not know the Word are at a disadvantage compared to those who do.

If we do not know the Word of God, know what God has to say to us; then we are not prepared, especially for the unexpected. We are unable to put on the full armor of God without knowing His Word.

The Word is the sword of the Holy Spirit. The Word penetrates us, revealing to us our weaknesses, helping us to grow into our Christian walk as we should, keeping us from common errors as well as from unusual ones.

Finally, without knowing God’s Word, we are unable to teach it to our children, whether to our physical children or to our spiritual children — those we may have led to Christ. What a waste — to lead a person to a saving knowledge of Jesus, then be unable to teach them the rest of the Word.

Father God, give us Your desire for Your Holy Word.