My One Word for 2017 kind of took the scenic route to get here this year. 😉 I was reading a devotional earlier this month about Jesus coming to earth to restore all things and the word restore caught my eye. Here are some definitions I pondered as I studied the word again.
- bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate.
- return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.
- repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.
As I thought about this word restore, I realized that “storing” comes before re-storing…if that makes any sense. I then immediately thought of a passage in Luke 2:19
“But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
Do you see that? Mary “stored” all these things. Everything she saw and did and experienced…she held these things close to her…like treasure.
In fact, some translations of this particular verse use the word treasure instead.
“But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:19
This year, 2017, is the year to re-store treasure. Like Mary, I want my heart to be a storehouse for this treasure.
“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” Colossians 2:3
“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 2: 1-5
“The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool hastens destruction.”
“Have you understood all these things?
“Yes,” they told Him.
“Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”
-Matthew 13: 51-52