“I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:30-32
Piled up like soldiers, a week’s worth of laundry looked up at me from a bin stuffed waist high with clean clothes. No amount of washing, drying and folding moves clothes from bin to drawer. No wonder my younger kids couldn’t find anything to wear this morning.
Sometimes I treat God’s Word like that. I hear it at church. I sing along to it on the radio. I read about it on Wednesday mornings at my study. But…
…none of this moves it into my heart.
Like the endless cycle of laundry, hearing, singing and even reading God’s word is much like washing my clothes and never putting them away. Those clothes don’t become fully mine until they are nestled neatly in my drawers ready to wear. God’s word doesn’t become fully mine until it is nestled neatly in my heart ready to wear.
I need God’s Word to umbrella my head so insults from fair weather friends don’t storm my heart.
I need God’s Word to cover my shoulders so bitterness doesn’t burn me when I carry a heavy load.
I need God’s Word to protect me so I walk in paths that honor God even when temptation flirts with my feet to take a side street.
I need God’s Word to shade my eyes so I see my circumstances through His perspective.
I need God’s Word to be more than a laundry basket companion. I need it in my heart for everyday wear. When I make His Word more than a basket case, well I become a little less of one myself.
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