Jun
26
2017

He will write His law upon your heart

Almost every Christian knows they have to read the scriptures. Some of course read them more regularly than others, others dip into them as and when they need guidance etc, but regardless of our attitude to the scriptures, there is a general consensus that the bible is the rule book for the Christian, thus we have a responsibility to read it.

The importance of the scriptures in the life of a Christian is articulated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

The responsibility of a Christian to ensure that the word is productive is beautifully illustrated in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13). The parable depicts the various ways that people react to the word of God and the most desirable approach is found in verse 23.

“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The importance of the bible in the life of a Christian cannot be under-estimated. So it was almost a surprise to me when I read about God’s responsibility in ensuring that we live by the scriptures.

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds” (Hebrews 10:16).

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).

There are numerous references in the scripture where God states that He will write His law on their hearts.

God is essentially saying in these scriptures that He will write His words on the hearts of the people who have a covenant with Him.

There are various over references in the scriptures with the same promise. The key similarity of all those scriptures is covenant. Who does God make a covenant with? Those who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour and are committed to His ways and fulfilling the scriptures. This verse is saying that He will come and assist us on that journey.

God is covenanting to write the law on our hearts. In other words, God is taking responsibility for ensuring that the words are written upon our hearts and minds, so that we can not only believe them but also live them out, because we know that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We should be so full of God’s word and it will flow out of our mouths and influence our lives. We are encouraged in Proverbs 4:23 that we should guard our hearts for out of it flows the issues of life. When God writes the laws on our hearts, we will be able to deal with the issues of life.

God’s promise does not absolve us of our responsibility. We need to be people who keep His commandments and we cannot know His commandments unless we read His word.

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them (Psalm 103:17-18).

This is a wonderful promise from God. So as we end this article we pray, “Lord, we ask You today that You come and write Your laws on our hearts so that we may live for You”.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed

 

Ola

About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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