Friday means looking at the word prompt and joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.
Today’s prompt is … Hidden.
In reading the prompt, just one verse came to mind,
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
(Psalm 119:11, NLT)
I have some Scripture memorized but truth be known, probably not as much as I should or as others. Yet as the Scripture quickly came to mind, I felt there had to be more to this than I have known so I grabbed my commentaries.
Interestingly, I read:
The act of “hiding” God’s word is not to be limited to the memorization of individual texts or even whole passages but extends to a holistic living in devotion to the Lord. The inner devotion to the Lord also finds expression in a teachable spirit and in contentment.
(The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 5, page 740)
Hiding His Word is to be more than memorization, more than Scriptures jotted down on index cards. These are all well and good and needed, but hiding His Word entails even more.
We are to be teachable all of our years, irregardless of how much we may think we know.
Hiding the Word means living and obeying God’s Word. Scripture becomes our compass in every decision we weigh. It means obedience when the way He is leading seems to be so very different, and unsure, not the way I would have chosen.
The outward living of our obedience stems from a heart that seeks God in all things. It’s found in a heart that has buried Scripture much like a treasure, in our hearts and minds, to be drawn upon in those times we need.
In flipping to the back of my Bible, I reread a quote once written down:
I hold one single sentence our of God’s Word to be of more certainty and of more power than all the discoveries of all the learned men of all ages.” (Charles Spurgeon)
May His Word be hidden in our hearts
and lived out in our lives.