by Pastor Mark Jordan
“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.” (Proverbs 3:1, NLT)
Where do you put things for safekeeping? A safe? Safety deposit box at the bank? Maybe it doesn’t need to be under such strict lock-and-key, but you want to know where it is when you want or need it. For me, I think about a drawer in our dresser where I store my sentimental things; items like small souvenirs, greeting cards, and forget-me-nots. I keep them there, because I know right where to go when needed.
God wants you to learn and internalize His word, keeping it in your heart. When you have memorized and internalized scripture, it is always there when you need it. You can remind yourself about God’s peace when you feel anxious. You can use words of comfort when talking to someone who is bereft. You can use it in your own prayers to put into practice what you know.
Solomon’s advice about storing God’s commands in your heart is pretty awesome, isn’t it? When you store the words in your heart, you always have access to them, no matter where or when you are. Search the Scripture. Find some verses that speak to you. Memorize and internalize them. It will help you, and help you help others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I need your words stored in my heart. I don’t just want to memorize, I need to internalize them, so I can draw on your peace and power wherever I am and in whatever I face. I pray to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.