In the Bible, the Hebrew term Shema is often translated as "hear," but hearing is only the first part of the word's deeper meaning. To truly Shema means not only to hear, but also to recall, to internalize, and ultimately to take action. Clinging to and repeating the word of God is how we can understand it; truly understanding God's word is how we can then apply it to our lives; and applying God's word to our lives is what leads to the change we are looking for. Shema requires much effort, but the fruit of that effort is redemption from our cycles of brokenness and hopelessness. When we Shema, we abide in God and thereby delight in His Truth: that the life He has to offer is glorious and everlasting, that by His doing we are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms.