Tuesday’s Time

Bow down thine ear and hear the words of the wise and apply thine heart unto my knowledge (Proverbs 22:17).

God pleads with man to hear and heed His word. There is no command of God that hurts man, but every command of God is a benefit to man. 

The Bible is an amazing and wonderful book; the Bible is an amazing and wonderful work of literature; the Bible is an amazing and wonderful read.  Many people enjoy reading the Bible, but many people fail to make proper applications to the things written in the Bible.

The word translated “apply” is a Hebrew word defined as: to place; to apply, appoint, array, bring, consider, lay up, regard. James warned against those who read the word of God, but fail to make proper application: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22).

Hearing or reading God’s word, while failing to make proper application in our lives, will not save our souls. Hearing God’s word and applying God’s word in our lives will make the necessary changes in our lives. Through proper application: our faith is strengthened; we are drawn closer to God;  our souls are secured.God desires us to apply His word to our hearts and our hearts to His word.

Paul wrote of the word of God: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

To the child of God, the word of God, is far more than rules and regulations: it is life. The word of God gives us the “what” we are to do in our lives and it also gives the “why” and “how.” Yes, we follow the word of God but we follow God the word of God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

This day and every day, let us: hear and apply the word of God to our hearts and our hearts to the word of God.