Deuteronomy 32: Take to Heart

Deuteronomy 32: Take to Heart September 13, 2012

45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” -Deuteronomy 32:45-47

Moses told the people of Israel to “take to heart” his words so they would obey God’s law. Why? “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life.”

It is my view that most American Christians do not view Scripture as “your life.” Special? Yes. Holy? Sure. Perfect? Ok. But “your life”? Not so often.

I’ve even heard some accuse serious Bible students as committing bibliolatry, or worship of the Bible. This is simply inaccurate. Those who love God’s Word do not bow down and pray to the book itself; they invest their lives into knowing and living words that are literally “God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If anything, Christians are to take Scripture more seriously, not less seriously.

How would you live differently if you woke up each day with the conviction that the Bible is “your life”? This is in part what has inspired me to handwrite every word of the Bible. I don’t have to or even need to in order to understand it, but I desire to invest my life in the presence of words that are “my life.”

Consider today that God’s Word is “your life.” Then apply accordingly. Take to hear the word of the Lord.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at Find out more about Dillon at or

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