In chapter 8 of Nehemiah the people heard the law of God read and responded to it. They had a high regard for what God said and how He led them. Their hearts were tender to it because of all they saw God do (rebuilding the wall and rebuilding there lives).
God's word ought to be an important part of our lives as well. His word gives us purpose and strength. His word is powerful!
Hebrews 4:12 nlt
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
His word stands when everything else falls away. We can trust His word when everything and everyone else fails us.
Isaiah 40:7 nlt
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."
When we allow His word to impact our lives and live in our lives, it will keep us from sin, but it will also help us stay to the right path. It will make us stronger. I love this next verse because it talks about applying and loving God's word not just so we won't sin. It talks about giving us real life.
Psalm 119:11 nlt
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
The Bible has a purpose in our lives and in the word. Think through this truth:
You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
God's word teaches us about the awesome place Jesus has in our lives. He is God. He is able to fill our lives with awesome things and show us awesome happenings.
2 Peter 1:16 nlt
For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes
We are blessed. God left us His word to fill our lives and to draw us closer to Him. By not allow God's word to be part of our lives we miss a lot. Make his word part of your every day life. Make sure that your thoughts are full of what fills His thoughts. The only way for that to happen is to spend time in the word of God. The Bible will wreck and then change our lives. Let it!