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“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11

We have many squirrels in our yard and it is interesting to watch them at this time of year as they are busy gathering nuts and seeds to store for their winter food. It is amazing to me how they can remember where they have buried things so that they can go back and find them later. God has given them an instinct to prepare for what is coming. They cannot listen to the weather forecasts on the radio or read the newspapers that tell what the winter is going to be like, but they will be ready for whatever comes.

As we listen to sermons week after week in our local churches, we hear so many wonderful teachings from the Word of God. Sometimes the message does not apply to us at that time, but we store it up in our hearts because we know that a situation may arise when we will need some answers and the Lord will bring to our remembrance what we have heard. We have no way of knowing what we may face in the coming days or weeks or months, but the Lord will give our Pastor a message that will prepare us for whatever comes our way.

The same thing is true when we read and study our Bible each day. A Scripture may stand out to us and we wonder just why the Lord is opening it to our hearts. It may not be something that fits today’s situation, but we store it away, knowing that at sometime in the future we will need it. Often amid a trial or circumstance, scriptures will come to us that we can’t even remember reading, but they contain the answer for what we are facing.

Just as the squirrels prepare for winter, we need to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so that it is there when we need it. We do this by spending time every day reading the Word of God, meditating on it, and hiding it in our heart, so that when the need arises, we can dig it up, and have the confidence that the Lord will give us the answers that are required.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your word which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Help us to hide it away in our hearts, so that it is there when we need it.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25

Do you have a full-length mirror in your home?  I heard someone say recently that the last thing a lady should do before she leaves her home is to look in the full-length mirror.  There are so many things that we need to check to make sure that we are ready to be seen in public.  Do we have on shoes that match?  Is our hair neatly combed?  What about our teeth, is there any thing that will reveal the last meal we ate?  Is there a spot on our clothing? As ladies who love the Lord and want other people to see Christ in us, we also check to make sure that our clothes are modest and decent.

James said that the Word of God was like a mirror.  As we read it, the Holy Spirit reveals to us what is in our hearts.  But if we do not act upon what He is showing us, we are like a person who looks in a mirror, sees something that should be corrected, but walks away and forgets all about it.

When the Lord reveals something in His Word that needs some action on our part, it is important that we talk to the Lord about it.  If it is an attitude that needs changing, we need to work on it.  If He reveals something in our life that is not pleasing to the Lord, we need to repent and change what we are doing.  James tells us that when we do this, we will be blessed by the Lord.

It seems to me that we should be looking into two mirrors every day.  The one in the bedroom or hallway reveals what we look like on the outside.  The Word of God reveals what is in our hearts, and that is where the Lord is looking.  Sometimes what we discover in that, will also change the way we look in the natural mirror.

Prayer:  Jesus, as I read and study your Word today, reveal to me the things I need to change, and help me to be obedient to you, because I want to be a doer of the word as well as a hearer.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” Psalm 119:36-37 KJV

“Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:36-37 NLT

Psalm 119 uses many different words and phrases that pertain to God’s law, or God’s Word, and every verse stresses the importance of it.  We cannot separate God from His Word. We cannot love God without loving His Word.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The writer went on to say in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  Jesus was the Word clothed in human flesh.

The Psalmist prayed that the Lord would make him eager to know His Word.  The more we read the Bible, the more we learn about the Lord Jesus Christ, and the more we desire to draw closer to Him.  The closer we draw to Him, the more we want to read and study His Word.  As we read it prayerfully, it becomes alive in our hearts.  When we are facing problems or having to make decisions, we find the answers in His Word.

We often hear the quote: “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”  That is true, if we allow sinful things to fill our hearts and minds, we lose our desire to read the Word of God, because we know that it will convict us.  But with the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we can resist the things that would try to turn us away from God.  Another verse in this 119th Psalm tells us that we should hide His Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him.

The Word of God is as necessary to our spiritual health as food is to our natural health.  The Cambridge dictionary describes eagerness as: 1. wanting very much to do or have something, especially something interesting or enjoyable: 2. having or showing desire or interest.  This is how we should approach our Bible reading every day.

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for your Word which gives us guidance and direction.  May we approach it with eagerness and a strong desire to hide it in our heart.

Devotion by Anne Johnston