"Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." - Psalms 119:11 NKJV
When you hide something, your purpose is to stop someone from coming along and stealing it. Think about that for a moment. We all know the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, so the purpose of hiding God’s Word in our heart is so that he can’t come along and steal it from us, because he will come along and try to tell us God will let us down, that He won’t heal us, that He won’t provide for us, and that He won’t care for us. He wants to discredit God so that our trust isn’t in Him.
Another meaning of the word ‘hidden’, is to treasure, or to store up. The purpose of this is to have an ample supply so that in the time of need, you have exactly what you need.
When you have unexpected bills, or when your child makes some bad decisions, or when you have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease or sickness, it’s the wrong time to Google verses that speak about God’s provision, parenting, or healing. You need those verses stored up in your spirit so that in times of crisis you have something already bedded down so tightly that it’s a solid foundation to build on.
Start hiding away God’s word in your heart so that when troubles raise their head, you can stand on God’s promises and say with confidence and boldness, “In Jesus name, I declare…!”
“I declare your word to be a source of both wisdom and counsel. I will choose to hide Your Word deep in my heart and mind so that I will not sin against You…”
"Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days." - Proverbs 19:20 NKJV
Have you ever considered the different stages in our lives when it comes to making decisions? As teenagers we’ve all thought we know so much, but as we get older, we learn the meaning of, “The older I get, the more I realise the less I know.”
As we grow up, our desire to prove ourselves seems to outweigh the humility of seeking advice from others. There is something inside many of us that says, “I’ll work it out on my own” and we struggle through life learning what works and what doesn’t. Some decisions are prudent whilst others bring pain.
However, I love watching younger men and women seeking advice from those who are older, and then seeing them apply that wisdom to their own decisions. It’s not that they are able to make better decisions than others, it’s because they are smart enough to seek out wisdom from others who have gone before them rather than thinking they know better. Proverbs 4:7 simply says it this way, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.”
None of us have all the answers. That’s why Proverbs, the book of wisdom, instructs us to ‘listen to counsel and receive instruction’. Learn to listen, and you will see a growth of wisdom in you that others will begin to notice. When they ask how you got so wise, you can simply say, “God taught me to listen.”
“I declare that wisdom is growing in me. I choose to hear counsel, to receive instruction and to accept correction, because my desire is to pursue the wisdom of God…”