“Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Proverbs 7:2-3 (NIV)
Solomon repeatedly emphasizes in Proverbs the importance of studying God’s word and incorporating his commands into our daily lives so that we can live close to him and glorify him. With our busy schedules, it can be hard to find time to read God’s word daily which is why some people choose a devotional book to make it possible to read a portion of Scripture each day. I currently read Scott Patty’s Words of Grace and found it a refreshing devotional book.
Words of Grace is organized into three sections: Our Great God, God’s Work in Our Lives and Responding to God in Faith. Instead of providing a daily personal anecdote as many devotionals do, Patty instead explains a passage of Scripture and then provides personal questions or thoughtful statements for the reader to consider. All of the devotions point to Christ and will help you grow in your Christian walk.
The layout of the book is elegantly simple – Scripture is written on the left page and the devotion on the right page, so if you did not have your Bible close by the passage is written for you. While the devotions are short, they include a wealth of detail and the personal questions will give you things about which to pray.
The devotions in the book are one good way of “binding [God’s commands] on your fingers,” as Solomon says to his son in Proverbs 7:3. They are like the tie you put on your finger to not forget something.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes and the opinions I have expressed in my review are entirely my own.