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Listen while you read: "God Will Take Care Of You"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 6:20-21 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)
How's your treasury doing? You'll have one, of course. I'm referring to your life priority, the one which drives your focus — your consuming motivational reality.
Our backyard chipmunk certainly has a "consuming motivational reality". His treasury is his stash of sunflower seeds and peanuts. That's what drives this creature, relentlessly. As long as we provide the goods, he keeps coming. He stuffs his cheeks to bursting, scurries back to his burrow, and returns — over and over again. His focus is obsessive, deterred by nothing. He craves an eternal supply of the treasure. Surely, that's the same heartfelt fervency that Jesus had in mind in His words, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Where's the chipmunk's treasury? Underground. Where's his focus? Underground. It's hidden from our view, so we don't think about it. Yet underground, he's embarked on a massive project. He digs and organizes for hours, day after day, alone, hidden deep in the ground. He's digging out an elaborate burrow system. It's an ever-expanding network of tunnels and caverns — including storage rooms for his treasury of seed and nuts, protected from threats and ready for future enjoyment.
Likewise, our treasury is hidden, for through Christ, "your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3 NIV) Eternity is born in our hearts. Christ is the heavenly eternal treasure within.
The chipmunk's habit provides depth to those words, "store up". The treasury is deep indeed! It's about an enormous undertaking deep within our being. It involves much digging — through the Spirit's work — excavating passages blocked by stony hindrances, such as worry, earthly distractions, unbelief, and unforgiveness. Thus, the Spirit keeps expanding our capacity for storing up the imperishable heavenly seeds of God's promises.
If we inspected our treasury, we'd notice that the digging and storing process looks messy and disordered. Yet, all along, our Lord graciously provides little nibbles from our treasury — plenty to edify us, yet to keep us longing for that day when we will fully experience His eternal glory.
How have you seen this happening in your life? Here's a recent example in mine: I found myself being pestered by a dismaying thought. It certainly wasn't my thinking, so I suspected that it came from the enemy. I asked God to replace it. He answered by providing a wee nibble from my treasury. I suddenly noticed that, without conscious effort, a hymn of promise by Civilla Durfee Martin was playing over and over in my mind: "Be not dismayed whate'er betide, God will take care of you!" Thank You, Lord. That's just what I needed!
Indeed, my Lord will always take care of me — throughout all eternity! It's His Word! He's my treasure — forever! Is He yours?
Prayer: Precious Lord, prod our wavering hearts to keep stocking up treasures in heaven — supplied from Your lavish provisions of imperishable seed. Amen.
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Thank you this what I needed today.
Thanks for the encouraging words, Diane.
Good job, Diane. Who would think there were so many life lessons in a chipmunk!
Thank you, Diane, for the connection between the rhythms of nature and our spiritual journey. Blessings.
Diane, thank you for sharing your observations of the chipmunk’s diligence and the storing process. Nature is such a wonderful teacher of God’s truths! ALL NATURE SINGS AND ROUND ME RINGS THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES!
Good Morning, Diane,
Your devotional was the perfect way for me to start this Saturday as I need to do lots of “digging” around here, both personally and theologically.
Thanks, Diane, for another of your very special devotionals. Our Lord certainly has a great storage of treasures for us now and into the future. He certainly deserves much praise and honour. Blessings for these creative writings you do. I always look forward to your contributions to the morning devotionals.
Thank you, Diane, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. The interesting thing about storing up the treasure of God’s Word in our hearts is that it overflows compelling us to share it with others … and the more we share, the more we discover among our treasures that we can give away. God’s treasury can never be depleted! Blessings.
Hi Diane….this devotion was so interesting to read and picture. Thanks for the analogy of the little chipmunk and his storehouse of treasures. It started me thinking of times little treasures have been brought to my mind just as I needed them. Sometimes, I refer to them as “God Moments”.
Thanks, Diane! Lyrics of hymns are great treasure for me, especially as I can now carry them around on my iPhone to listen with ear buds. But knowing God’s Word in the Bible, is pure gold.
A Concordance is a jewel, for it helped me today to find the source of “For it is God who works within you, both to will and to act, according to His good purpose” Phil 2:13!
Now I’m set for the day!
Bless you, Diane, for your writings for the Daily Devotional – another jewel!
Good morning, Diane,
A very interesting title – Inspecting our Stored Treasury. I did not know where you were going with this title. You come up with many different ways of looking at our faith journey. Sometimes I need help in really getting the kernel you are sharing.
“excavating passages blocked by stony hindrances, such as worry, earthly distractions, unbelief, and unforgiveness.” – this statement gave me greater understanding of where you were going and when God provides the “nibbles” to help me get past these stumbling blocks.
I did get the message and I really loved the information about the chipmunks’ habits. I don’t have any on my property, but we did have them at the cottage, but at that time I was busy keeping track of my curious sons, so I didn’t think too much of chipmunks except they were cute. Therefore I looked up information on chipmunks and found that they were solitary creatures and lived on their own including much more. I also found out that there were many varieties.
Thank you for always sharing new ways of looking at our faith journey. Blessings.