The Lost and Found of Your Heart
As a kid, initially, the lost and found section was where I could go to get a bunch of cool things for free. I recall being in kindergarten and looking through a chest full of coats, hats, gloves, books, and toys. If my memory serves me correctly, looking back on the lost and found with mature eyes, it was filled with items people needed. However, with distractions, and other pressing concerns, we tend to leave our items behind. The value we place on the item will determine if we try to look for it. Even today, when we lose something at a business, there is always a chance that our goods are stored and waiting for us to retrieve them. Overall, we have a host of things that have been lost and forgotten. Praise God; life goes on without them, and our lives are no better or worse.
The Bible mentions something that should never get lost. If it is, all parties should look for it and store it in a more secure location. “Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the LORD.” Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes” (2 Kings 22:8-11).
The saying is true, what you don’t use, you lose. The Book of God can be lost in the House of God. What happens when God’s word list is lost in your house and your life? I encourage you to return to where you left it. Lives are not made better without God’s Book, and it can’t be replaced with anything else. All other substitutes are unsustainable.
A more secure place to store the Word of God will be within yourself. The Book of God will help you find yourself if you are ever lost. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
©Jan. 7, 2023, Courtney Henderson