Spring semester of my first year in seminary I was preparing for a final exam covering the first seven books of the Bible: Genesis – Judges. So, in the midst of “May madness,” I entered another world for five consecutive days…day and night submerged in God’s word. I temporarily withdrew from my soccer Mom, cultural Christian mode, and entered the colorful, dramatic, intense world of the first seven books of the Bible. Truly overwhelming to live in God’s Word nonstop for an extended period of time. So many stories, people, places, dates….many predictably familiar, others excitingly fresh and new.
By midweek, I was feeling the weight of man’s sinful plight….that we are a stubborn, prideful, rebellious lot who are incapable of obedience and faithfulness, but for the grace of God. We are born rebels and we will die rebels as a result of the Fall. Eve takes the serpent’s bait; Cain murders Abel; the whole earth is flooded due to man’s wickedness; the Tower of Babel pride; the Patriarchs’ generational sins and dysfunctional family systems; Joseph’s jealous and cruel brothers; Moses’ murder; Pharaoh slaughters innocents; the Israelites grumble, complain, rebel, over and over again in the wilderness; the older generation dies in the wilderness due to their unbelief; Moses taps the rock twice and is banned from the promised land; story after story of man’s rebellion and failure. Heavy and humbling.
And then I got to the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is to the Old Testament what the book of John is to the New Testament – the heart of the Old Covenant. Which explains why this is where God started to speak to me personally, and to answer the heaviness I was feeling over man’s sinful plight. Deuteronomy 28 outlines God’s blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience, the choice of life or death, followed by this exhortation:
“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life…” Deuteronomy 30:19b
How quickly I can forget that the Lord is my life.
Because some days it feels like motherhood is my life. Other days it feels like seminary is my life. Still other days it feels like marriage, church, ministry, my sons’ school is my life. And then there are the days when it feels like never-ending domestic chores are my life. But as I read those words, they pierced my heart anew with the beautiful truth that the Lord is my life. I love being a wife, Mom and seminary student, but all of the many roles and responsibilities I have flow out of my life in the Lord.
“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you…they are not just idle words for you – they are your life.” Deuteronomy 32:46a-47a
All of the thousands of words I’d been cramming into my brain in the hopes of being able to regurgitate the correct names, dates, places, people on the final exam are not just idle words for me – they are my life.
How quickly I can forget that God’s Word is my life.
John chapter 1 describes Jesus as the Word made flesh, so in a very real sense Jesus (as revealed in God’s Word) is my life. I don’t know much, but this much I do know: Life is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Don’t bother trying to find it anywhere else friends…you’ll end up empty and despairing. Jesus saves. Jesus saves. Jesus saves. He saved me. He will save you too if you ask Him. His Word is my life.
“The word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” Deuteronomy 30:14
What a picture – the Word of God alive and active in me, in my mouth and in my heart, empowering me to obey. Near to me. Flowing out of me from the inside out. The Holy Spirit reveals truth and guides us into all truth. The Holy Spirit illuminates and empowers the Word of God to be alive in me, conforming me into the image of Christ. Amazing. His Word is alive in me.
Friends, these words are for your heart too. God wants to engrave them on your heart today:
The Lord is your life. (God the Father)
His Word is your life. (Jesus the Word made flesh)
His Word is alive in you. (Holy Spirit)
The Triune God is your life.
Be so grateful for the reminder, because if you are like me, you are prone to forget.
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