When God created us, He gave us an intricate organ to use for thinking and reasoning. It is through the brain that we can read books, solve intricate problems, and make life-changing decisions. Our brain helps us learn right from wrong and it allows us to complete every movement our body makes. We can build great knowledge and store it away in the depths of our brain and use it for a multitude of things. It probably isn’t necessary to convince anyone that the brain is a beautiful thing.
I started reading about Jesus long before I entered into a real relationship with Him. The stories were interesting and even entertaining, but they were just that—stories. After I was saved at the age of seven, I found that I was hungering for God’s Word in a different way. I had a longing to better understand the Truth and apply it to my life. I was curious. If I studied the Bible, could I have what the Psalmist writes?
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:30
I was able to retell the story of Noah’s Ark, Moses and the Ten Commandments, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, The Good Samaritan, and Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand. I had incredible Sunday school teachers. They encouraged me to memorize key Scriptures. However, I realized that I only memorized the Scriptures to receive a reward—a mustard seed locket, a silver dollar, or a Tootsie Roll pop. These rewards had temporal value, and were lost or used up in a matter of time. I had the knowledge, but lacked complete understanding and devotion. Simply going through the motions of reading God’s Word was honestly not enough to light my path or transform my perspective. I wasn’t doing a bad thing. I was just storing the information in the wrong spot. Slowly but surely, I realized I was embracing a religious experience rather than a deep, committed relationship.
I wanted my heart to understand what my head knew. My intellectual connection to Jesus Christ motivated me to fill the God-sized shape in my heart and create an emotional connection to Him. He literally opened my eyes and filled my heart with His promises and love. I found an infinitely precious place deep within to lock away the treasures of His Word. The true joy of my salvation emerged when I took hold of the Scripture, held on for dear life, and “hid His Word in my heart…” Psalm 119:11
By Karen Pollock, Kentucky