Imagine digging in your yard to plant a large tree when your shovel strikes something hard. A rock? You try to dig around it, but your shovel continues to strike an impenetrable surface. You widen your range of digging. About the time you’re ready to take a break, you recognize what looks like a treasure chest.
Your weariness is forgotten. It will take some work to dig it out, but you can’t leave without knowing what’s in it. After another hour of digging you are able to pry it out. With sweat running down your dirty face you finally work the lid open.
You catch your breath when you see the sparkling contents. Rubies, diamonds, gold coins. A treasure trove like those found in The Pirates of the Caribbean.
If after you did some research, you learned you could keep the treasure if you filled out some paper work and filed it with the right government office, how would you feel? Would you be elated and finish the work of making it yours? Or would you quit?
The Psalmist wrote, “I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure,” (Psalm 119:162, NLT). The psalmist felt like he had won a lottery he hadn’t even entered when he began to dig into God’s Word.
This treasure was in his backyard, but he had to dig to uncover its hidden value. When he did, he found sparkling insight on how to manage his money. Golden tips for loving his wife. Valuable wisdom for handling relationships and parenting. Emeralds for running a kingdom. And peace—“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble,” Ps. 119:165 (NIV).
Have you discovered the wealth between the pages of your Bible? If we aren’t experiencing this treasure, we may need to dig a little deeper, be sure we are practicing what we know, and meditate on it as we go. God has sent His Holy Spirit to guide us as we excavate its timeless truths.
How has God revived you through His Word? How has He protected you? This treasure won’t run out, but it won’t benefit us until we unpack it and use it.
Looks like I am on the new list. We’ll see when next Monday comes. I love Proverbs and it seems we could study forever and still find something new. Of course, just reading and thinking about it….must be followed with action… at which sometimes I fail.