Don’t Let Your Trouble Steal Your Treasure
By Greg Sanders
Luke 2:48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
This phrase, “Mary treasured all these things in her heart” is used a couple of times to describe Mary’s response to what she did not understand. The Jewish Bible reads like this: “Miryam treasured all these things and kept mulling them over in her heart.” She refused to let go of what God said to her even when she did not understand.
Most people reject, dismiss, or get offended at what they don’t understand. This natural response is detrimental to our walk with the Lord because when God works in a way that is different than what we expect, we shut down. Not Mary. She kept treasuring these things. She did not know how all of this was going to work, but she kept treasuring God’s Word in her heart and mind. When you face things you don’t understand, remember to continue to treasure God’s Word.
The opposite of treasuring is dismissing or abandoning. Don’t give up or give away God’s word to you. Don’t give up or dismiss His promises no matter how big the mountain may seem in front of you. Fight your frustrations, fight your doubts, and fight what you see by treasuring what God said.
Here is what I have discovered: Life is going to put you through some things that you don’t understand. Life is going to put you through some seasons you wish you could avoid. Don’t let your trouble steal your treasure.
Let me ask you this: Is there something in your life right now that you don’t understand? What if you were to treasure God’s word in the midst of it instead of getting offended by it? Don’t let your trouble steal your treasure. What if you simply responded like Mary. Lord I don’t know how this is going to work out, but I am going to trust You to work it out anyway. I am going to treasure Your Word.
Today’s Challenge: Treasure God’s Word even in the midst of things you don’t understand. Don’t allow your trouble to keep you from your true treasure. Pray today that God will make His word just as evident as the struggles around you. Continue to mull over the words of God until they come to pass.
Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a recent message at CFA. If you would like to listen to the message in its entirety look for the message titled “Treasuring Your Gifts” at www.camdenfirstassembly.org or find more devotional material at www.pastorgregsanders.com