A Man’s Best Friend
“And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:”
They often say that a dog is a man’s best friend. If you own a dog, as I do, you know they say that because your dog is always by your side. It doesn’t matter what has happened; the dog is the loyal companion that stays by the side of its master.
However, there should be something else that is the man’s best friend, and that is the Word of God. The verse above is part of God’s commandments to the king or ruler who was to rule over Israel. God said that the king was to get a copy of God’s Word, “and it shall be with him…all the days of his life.” In other words, God’s Word was to become His best friend.
Though you may not rule over a nation, you are the ruler of your kingdom. Just like the king needed to keep God’s Word by his side, you need to keep the Scriptures near you, and you need to read them daily. God commanded the king to read His Word “all the days of his life.” This is not a suggestion or a choice, but it is God’s command that His Word is to be read daily. Several positive results come from reading God’s Word daily.
First, it keeps the fear of God in your heart. God said that when the king read His Word he would “learn to fear the LORD his God.” According to the Book of Proverbs, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Reading God’s Word daily will give you a proper respect for God. On the other hand, an absence of God’s Word in your life results in no respect for God. You will never respect God as you should without reading His Word daily.
Second, reading God’s Word daily teaches it to you. God wanted the king to read His Word because He would learn “all the words.” The only reason a Christian doesn’t know what God wants them to do is because they don’t have a proper knowledge of His Word. God’s Word has the answer for everything in your life, and you will only get a better knowledge of the Scriptures by reading them daily.
Third, reading God’s Word keeps you humble. Verse 20 says that God’s Word would keep the heart of the king from being “lifted up.” A proud Christian is one who doesn’t read God’s Word as they should. Reading God’s Word daily will give you a proper perspective of God, which results in you having a proper perspective of yourself.
Fourth, reading God’s Word keeps you right. As long as the king read God’s Word, he would “turn not aside from the commandment.” It is often said the God’s Word will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from God’s Word. You will never get victory over sin without reading God’s Word daily. God’s Word is the cleansing agent to the Christian’s soul. If you don’t read the Scriptures daily, you will stay infected by the sin which besets you.
Fifth, God’s Word makes you blessed. The result of the king reading God’s Word is that it would “prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.” You will never enjoy the blessings of God without a daily reading of God’s Word. My friend, if you want to be blessed by God, let me challenge you to read His Word daily.