It started a few years ago. Every time I put our daughter to bed I whispered several loving truths to her including, “I’m so happy you’re my little girl.” One night she asked me why I tell her that every night. I told her I didn’t want her to forget. When she quickly responded, quite indignantly, that she wouldn’t forget, I said, “I know you will never forget to know it, but I don’t want you to forget to believe it. That’s why I tell you every night.”
I continue to tell her “The Whisper” as she calls it. If I leave before bedtime she is sure to run up to me and yell, “Hugs! Kisses! Whisper!” Sometimes I tell her and she sits there sweetly and gives me hugs as if the truth is sinking in. Other times she’s oblivious. Yet, regardless of her reaction I know it’s important to tell her this truth every night.
In the same way, God whispers his truth to us each and every time we read his Word. He speaks to us in many other ways too (through others, worship, creation, etc) yet the place his voice is clearest is in his Word.
We live in the information age. Never before has so much information been at our fingertips, and never before has truth been harder to find. If the enemy can’t get rid of a truth all together, the second best option is to drown it out so that no one notices it.
This is why storing up God’s Word in our hearts is so important (Psalm 119:11). As a friend once said to me, “If your heart is full of God’s Word it can’t be full of anything else.” If you search the scriptures you will find loads of verses about memorizing and meditating on God’s Word:
Joshua 1:8 Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything that is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Psalm 119:9-11 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word…I have stored up your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 1:3 “His delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it’s fruit in season and it’s leaf does not whither.”
I believe in these verses God is telling us what I told my daughter, “I know you will never forget to know it, but I don’t want you to forget to believe it.” I know you won’t forget to know you need a savior, that I died for you, that I am in control and that I love you, but I don’t want you to forget to believe it.”
We have spiritual amnesia when it comes to the truth of God’s Word. We need to hear it every single day, multiple times a day. And not just read it but memorize it and hide it in our hearts so we can think about it throughout the day.
Our daughter’s reaction to “The Whisper” isn’t always sweet and touching. She notices or cares sometimes more than others. Reading God’s Word or memorizing it will at times feel like a discipline or something you simply are doing because you know it’s right. You may not always feel affirming emotions. That’s okay. Keep doing it. There are plenty of good things you should always do even if you don’t want to. I find the more I do anything the more my desire to do it grows. If it feels spiritually dry it won’t for long. After all, the person who delights in God’s Word and meditates on it day and night is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it’s fruit in season and it’s leaf does not whither. In all he does he prospers.”