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Accept and Know!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Proverbs 2:1-5

"My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God."

Years ago I heard a humorous story of a city dweller who failed to follow directions and ultimately found himself on a country road, hopelessly lost. Having no idea where he was, he saw a farm hand working in a field.

He got out of his car and walked up to the fence. He motioned to the farm hand to come over to the fence. He asked directions to his destination but the farmer didn’t know. He then asked how to get back to the main road. Again the farmer was not able to tell him.

The traveler was enraged and frustrated that the farmer was so dense. He flailed his arms in the air and said, “You are the most infuriating and stupid man I have ever met!” The farmer merely shrugged and replied, “That may be true, but I ain’t the one who is lost.”

Sometimes it is easy to put on a façade of spirituality that is not based on fact. The bottom line is that we often lack the wisdom God has promised. In today’s Scripture, Solomon gives the key to true wisdom.

There are two words that I would like us to focus on: “accept” and “store.” It may be well to use the computer as an example. You may be reading this Daily-E-Votional on the screen. We might relate that to “accepting” the message. You read it, delete it and it is gone.

However there may be a Daily-E-Votional that really hits home and you do not want to lose it, so you “save” it. That relates to the word “store” that is in today’s Scripture.

What is the difference? We may “accept” and enjoy reading a passage of Scripture. If you are like me, your forgetting is better than your recalling. (I can’t remember all of the things I have forgotten!) Moan! That was bad, even for me!

How do we “store” the precious Word of God? Memorize! How do we memorize? Repetition! Isaiah 28:10; “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there."

One of the best ways to memorize is to use 3X5 cards. Write the passage of Scripture you want to memorize on the card(s). Take the cards with you, and at every opportunity, read and re-read—try to recite from memory until you get the passage firmly in your mind.

I have had people look forward to traffic delays or red lights since it gave them time to go over the memory work. That is the way we “store” God’s Word in our heart, available to use as the Holy Spirit directs.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing to others!

--- Pastor Cecil


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