Last night I asked a group of eighteen Christians to describe how they communed with God today. The room was vastly silent. Only one mentioned reading the Bible and a few mentioned prayer. This type response is not uncommon. Matthew 12:35 amplifies the importance of storing knowledge, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (NIV) Your heart is being filled with good and bad things throughout each day. Unless you intentionally fill your heart with Godly things, your heart is being saturated with more of the world than God. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Moses gives one of the ways a wise man stores up Biblical knowledge, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (NIV) Notice that Moses (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!) implies more than attending church and a small group on a casual basis; he is telling the Israelites to intentionally consume and apply the Word of God in multiple ways each day.
Every follower of Christ should intentionally pursue storing up Biblical knowledge, since this is the path to wisdom. Isaiah 32:16 gives another way to store Biblical knowledge, “Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field.” (NIV) Storing up His knowledge creates fertile soil for God to work resulting in a life lived wisely and righteously for God. Quiet time, Scripture memory, Bible study, fellowship groups, meditation, fasting, and attending church all provide great avenues for creating fertile soil for storing up His knowledge. Seek God’s help in finding a healthy balance for storing Biblical knowledge. Do not see storing as merely doing, but more importantly applying God’s truths. It is fine to do many Christian activities, but are you storing God’s knowledge in your heart for transformation? Do you allow God to develop every avenue of receiving His Word for wisdom and transformation, or do you merely hear it and walk away. The process of storing for wisdom reflects a heart that hungers for God’s life instead of a life that merely enjoys great teachings. Start each day with the eager anticipation of how God is going to use His Word in your life and speak to you in prayer. Prepare to yield to the Holy Spirit’s transforming work!
Colossians 3:16 ” Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (NIV)
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