Monday, November 14, 2022

Hiding God’s Word - Martin Wiles

hiding God's word
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NLT

We couldn’t wait to play hide-n-seek with the eggs. Later, the childhood activity reminded me of hiding God's Word. 

What appeared dead on any given day of the week came alive once a year. The small white country church stood on an isolated road. While the pews had bustled with people years ago, only a few still attended. But on one day of the year, the grounds bustled with activity: the day before Easter.

On that Saturday, parents and grandparents came out in force to hide Easter eggs for children. Since the previous winter’s oak leaves still covered the little church’s yard, adults and older teens had no trouble finding hiding spots. Drop an egg, cover it with leaves, and move on to the next spot.

When the designated person yelled, “Okay, find the eggs,” children spilled from the church and tumbled across the yard. Hiding and finding eggs for Easter egg hunts never seems to get old.

I’ve hidden my share of Easter eggs. I’ve also hidden some other things. Money, candy, my favorite snack cakes, weapons. Or my feelings, anger, fear, and embarrassment. But the most beneficial thing I’ve ever hidden was the same thing the psalmist did: God’s Word.

Hiding God’s Word in our hearts takes effort. We can’t learn or hide it by osmosis. We can’t sleep with a Bible under our pillows at night and expect the instructions to seep into our minds.

Hiding takes initiative, such as reading and meditating on God’s Word daily. Finding particular verses that speak to certain areas of personal concern also embeds it in our hearts. When we obey God’s commands and claim his promises, we hide them where they can never be found and removed by someone else.  

To do any of the above requires love for God’s Word. Only as we see its relevance and believe its truth will we attempt to put it where we can never lose it. When we tuck it into our hearts, it will always be there when we need it.

Take some measured steps to hide God’s Word in your heart.

Prayer: Father, may we always see the urgency of hiding Your Word in our hearts. 

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