“Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of this prophesy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3
I admit it…I live in a house of “keepers”.
We keep old journals because they were handwritten by a missionary grandfather. We keep old china because grandmother served her infamous Dumpling noodles out of that dish. We keep old books because there were great truths we were taught in those pages. We keep old recipes handwritten by old friends and old photographs of special moments in our lives. One of us keeps old shoes!
Maybe you don’t consider yourself much of a “keeper”. I have a friend who is very quick to throw things out in an effort to keep a very clean and ordered home. I envy her discipline, but in reality she, and all of us are really “keepers”. We “keep” memories…the good, the bad, and the ugly. We “keep” secrets. We “keep” regrets and shame. We “keep” personal victories and defeats. We “keep” truths and we “keep” lies that we’ve been convinced into believing are truths.
Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of this prophesy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.”
The words “hear it and take to heart what is written” are translated to the word “obey” in many translations of the Bible, and some translations even say the word “Keep”. God’s word is meant to be taken to heart, to be “kept”…Not quickly forgotten or discarded in our thoughts and lives!
Eugene Peterson says, “we read the Bible in order to LIVE the word of God”. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is the practice of reading a passage of God’s word and praying through that passage; thinking and contemplating on that passage. We read through it over and over again and as we hear the words we speak to ourselves, and the word soaks more into our souls. You were meant to be “keepers” (“live”-ers) of God’s word, Not just occasional readers. According to Webster’s dictionary, a keeper is “a person whose job is to take care of something or someone”.
Ask the Lord to make you not just a “hearer of His word”, but a keeper of His word. (James 1:22). Commit with me to not just be a hearer, but a “live-er” of His word in 2021. Ask him to give you a hunger and thirst for HIS words over any others! Ask Him to cause His word to soak deep into your soul! Ask him to make you a “keeper” of his word!
And remember, that as you are a keeper of God’s WORD, God is a keeper of YOU! Pray through Psalm 119:57-64