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Yesterday, after I wrote my post on absorbing God’s word, I received a beautiful email from someone talking about “the treasury of a good heart” from Matthew 12:35. There’s no way I’ll be able to do it justice but two things that struck me were this:
“God didn’t give me a new heart to leave it vacant, but to fill it with a treasury of His words, promises, encouragements, challenges, truths, etc. These “precious items” will help my good heart identify and reject bad habits that I formed when living with my old bad heart from birth.”
They concluded by saying, “I’m going for the good stuff to fill the treasury. No common vessels or clay pots.”
I don’t know about you, but the treasury of my heart is currently lacking…I mean, instead of God’s word, I know so much celebrity gossip, it’s actually embarrassing. How in the world is that helping me?
But rather than wallow in the fact that I know more about Jennifer Aniston’s ex-flames than I do about the Psalms, I decided I should do something about it. I love the imagery of going after the good stuff and seeing God’s word as precious truths to be savored and enjoyed–like the finest of wines or rich, decadent chocolate.
So like my Bible verses from years ago, I’m ready to absorb God’s word again by memorizing scripture. If you’ve never memorized scripture before, it might seem like busy work and unnecessary, but here’s the thing: when we spend time meditating and taking God’s word to heart, it saturates our souls. Then God’s word, which is living and active, goes with us no matter where we are. So on the days when we barely have time to brush our teeth for one minute, let alone read the Bible for three, God’s word comes with us in a close and personal way.
When we’re driving in our car and feel like we can’t keep going, we can feed our hearts with Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Or when we’re alone and terrified we can reassure ourselves with Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
But, like most things in life, I don’t want to do this alone. I’m toying with the idea of doing something similar to Beth Moore’s blog, where once or twice a month we can all do it together and leave our verses in the comments here on Long to Love. That way there’s consistency, accountability, and encouragement to actually do it, rather than just talk about it. So, my two questions for you are:
1. Are you interested?
2. Which do you prefer: the first Monday of every month, or the 1st & 2nd Monday of every month?
Let me know in the comments or by email at elizabeth.r.williams1(at)gmail.com.