by J. Randal Matheny
A company is selling shoe inserts imprinted with Bible verses. The company slogan: “Stand on the Word.” Apparently, the effort is to demonstrate graphically what should happen spiritually. The Bible should serve as our foundation for life.
The Jews did something similar. They took Moses’ instructions literally:
“These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NET).
So the Jews put slips of paper with Biblical texts in little boxes and fastened them to their foreheads and arms, as well as to the doorposts of their houses. They stubbornly refused, however, to obey the law they had received. They became hypocrites because they spoke constantly about the law and exalted it, but refused to practice it in all seriousness and reverence (see Matthew 23).
Aside from a mercantile banalization, there is nothing wrong, in principle, with putting Biblical texts in unusual places. Without practicing the word of God, however, it become mere ostentation — no, worse, it becomes sacrilege.
More than inserting a cushion in the shoe, for our temporary comfort, it is necessary to insert the word of God in the heart, for our eternal joy.
Otherwise, we are merely walking right over the Scripture.
The best place to insert the Word of God is in the heart, to be lived and applied.