. . . and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. - Luke 2:51 NASB
Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer [stone of help], saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” - 1 Samuel 7:12 NASB
At the end of Luke 2 we are told that Mary treasured these things in her heart. This is the second time in two chapters that Luke tells us that Mary “treasured” things in her heart. It is also mentioned in chapter 1 after Jesus’ birth and the visit by the shepherds.
It is good to treasure what God does for us, to be in remembrance of it, to “raise my Ebenezer”: “Here I raise my Ebenezer; / Here by Thy great help I’ve come . . . (Come, Thou Fount by Robert Robinson). Mary needed to treasure things so as to carry her through the coming years, through the normal and rough times of life, even to the heartbreak of seeing her perfect Son crucified. I’m sure Mary died again and again in those hours of three days while Jesus’ body was in the tomb. I’m sure she reflected again and again on those treasures in her heart. These treasures were proofs to her that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, the Messiah.
After three days, Jesus rose again. He was the Messiah indeed. Mary’s Son was and is the Son of God. I’m sure the first time Mary saw Jesus after His resurrection is one more thing she treasured in her heart!
Lord, help me to treasure You and Your Word in my heart. Each day You bestow countless blessings upon me. Help me to treasure them with thankfulness in my heart, giving all the glory to You.
Do I treasure God’s gifts, God’s works, God’s blessings in my heart? Or do I take them for granted and grumble that it isn’t enough or done my way? Do I have an Ebenezer, a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness, His blessings, His mercy?
Oakridge Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 3:1-18