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Storing Up

Daily Devotional for September 1, 2015

Read: Read: Psalm 119:9-16

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"Look, Dad," said Mark. "A chipmunk!" Dad left his newspaper and joined Mark at the window. Together, they watched the little creature stripping an ear of corn. "Look at him peel off those kernels!" exclaimed Mark. "He eats fast!"

"He's not eating them," said Dad. "He's stuffing the kernels into little pouches in his cheeks. Watch what he does with them now."

Mark watched as the chipmunk scurried over to the woodpile. He laughed when he saw what the little rodent did next. "He's using his hind foot to push the corn out of his cheeks," said Mark.

Dad smiled. "He's storing it in spaces between the chunks of wood, so it'll be there when he needs it later on," he explained.

Mark and his father watched for several minutes as the tiny animal dashed back and forth from the ear of corn to the woodpile. "I can't believe how much he can store in his cheeks!" Mark said after a few minutes. "He's got all the kernels stripped from the cob already."

Dad nodded. "You know, Mark, God has built a storage system into us, too," he observed.

"I don't have any pouches in my cheeks to carry food," said Mark, laughing at the idea.

Dad grinned at him. "I was thinking of a different kind of food-- spiritual food," he said. "You store it in your brain, not in your cheeks."

"Spiritual food?" asked Mark. "Oh, you mean like the memory verses I have to learn for Bible club, right?"

"Exactly," agreed Dad. "The Bible calls it hiding God's Word in our hearts. We can store it away, and God brings it back to our minds when we need it. It helps us in times of trial or testing--and as we obey what He says, it protects us from sin. The corn being stored by that little fellow will be there for him when he needs it in the cold, winter months, and the verses we memorize will be there when we need them."

Are you preparing for the future by memorizing God’s Word? The Bible verses you store in your mind and heart will always be there, ready for whenever you need them. A good way to memorize a verse is to read it out loud three times a day for a week—by the end of the week, you probably won’t even have to look at the page!

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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