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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

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

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I remember the exact moment when I finished reading though the Bible for the first time. I was in my second year at Bible College and I was snuggled in bed. Up to this point I had tried to finish reading my Bible through in a year, but without success. However, something shifted in me when I became resolute to know God more, I became addicted to reading the Bible every chance I had.

The moment I checked off the last box in my Bread Calendar, I felt as if I had just finished running an Olympic Marathon. I was elated beyond words! Do you know that feeling of butterflies you get when you fall in love? Well, that is exactly how I felt. I fell madly deeply in love with God and the love letters He wrote for me. I remember taking my Bible, hugging it and telling God, “Thank you for Your Words of life.”

Falling In Love

Ever since that moment, I have fallen more in love with God and His word. The Bible is unsearchable—it will always have something fresh for you to learn—it will always minister to you—and it will be a shining light in the darkest moments.

Whenever I teach Bible studies, I always say:

“The Bible is the only book you will read that the author will speak directly to you.”

God is always looking for an opportunity to speak to His people. Sometimes He will speak to you in prayer, other times though the guidance of a spiritual leader, but many times He will strengthen you through His Word of Life.

If you have been praying for an answer, seeking confirmation, needing reassurance, or desiring a closer walk from the Lord, then I encourage you to make time to read the Bible today. I promise that it can change your life.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Your word. I pray that I would fall more in love with the Bible everyday because I want to grow in my relationship with You. I desire to know the sound of Your voice; the voice of my shepherd. I believe that You know exactly what I need, so I pray that You will lead me to scriptures that will help me grow. In Jesus name, amen!

 

 

 

When Howard Rutledge was a little boy in Sunday School, he never imagined that the memory verses he learned would one day be vital to his survival. He grew up and became a military pilot, married, and had a family. He never renounced God, but he began to enjoy life his own way. His faith slipped away, and he stopped attending church. In 1965, his plane was shot down over Vietnam, and he began to pray for the first time in twenty years. Soon he found himself wounded and alone in an enemy prison cell.

In his book, “In the Presence of Mine Enemies,” Mr. Rutledge describes how he lived a nightmare for seven long years in captivity. Although he hadn’t been living like a Christian, suddenly his deepest craving was to find comfort in the words of Scripture. He and his fellow prisoners spent hours of every day trying to remember the Bible. They pieced together every little scrap possible, and many times those words were the only thing that made their miserable lives bearable. When he remembered the verse, “Thy word have I hid in my heart” (Psalm 119:11), he lamented that he had not memorized more of the Bible when he had the chance.

This story hurts my heart for all the people in the world today who don’t have easy and free access to the Bible. I have multiple Bibles at my fingertips any given day. I memorized many verses as a teenager. I am blessed with a constant flow of rich Bible teaching in my church.

I can say with my words that I am thankful for the Word of God, but do I truly feel a desperate need for the Bible? Do I cling to it like it is more necessary than food? What if tomorrow I only had the verses I know by heart?

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize every single day – in the best times and the worst – that the Word of God is my greatest treasure. It is a great comfort to know that the powerful Words of God will go with me wherever I go if I carry them close to my heart.

Devotion by Kristi Moore