"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." (Psalms 1:2-3)
The world has a way of distracting us from the real source of our strength. We fill up our extra time with all sorts of things - TV, internet, magazines and yes, even shopping. None of these are bad things at all. They are just time-fillers, and all of us indulge in them. Too often, however, we fill our time instead of using it wisely.
The one thing that is the most difficult to find time for is God’s Word. We have a way of setting it aside for our “free moments” – which end up getting filled with everything else. Yet we know that it is crucial to our walk with the Lord to focus on His Word and to allow it to penetrate deeply into our hearts. But who has time to memorize when there’s barely enough time between the demands of our life to even read?
A good way to memorize scripture is to write verses on index cards. Not only are you memorizing them for a needed time, but you are spending time with God as you meditate on what He has said. If you carry your cards with you in the car, you never know when you will have an extra 10 minutes - waiting to pick up kids from school, practices, etc. I have even been inspired by one young lady who studies her cards on the treadmill everyday as she does her daily workout. What an awesome testimony that is in the gym.
God is so pleased when we bury his Word deep in our hearts. He also tells us that this will be a huge benefit to us. In the illustration of the tree in Psalm 1, we see that if it is planted by the stream, it will produce fruit and will remain vital and strong. As we keep our roots in the scriptures, the Lord will provide the spiritual nourishment we need to be fruitful followers of Christ.
Prayer: Help me, Father, to set apart time for you so that I can stay connected to the source of strength that you have provided for me through your Word.
Suggested Reading: James 1