Tiny, profound discoveries are made beneath my toddler's feet. Dried crumbs and paper pieces are tightly held in her hands. She's on a continual quest of discovery, to find the extraordinary in her small realm. To her, the world is new. It's full of hidden treasures. And she finds them, these wonderful things, in the ever-so-simple and mundane.
Is it possible we, too, can find hidden treasures like her?
Not the kind found in cabinet spaces or drawers. The kind of treasures—both living and active—found in reading God's Word.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
Yes, open our eyes, Lord!
Many times I skim over Scripture. I read familiar passages and connect words before they are fully read. I know this. I've read this verse a million times.And just like that, I extinguish the belief that the Bible is living and active, (Hebrews 4:12).
Then there are other days when I read a familiar passage, and I actively seek Him. I study word structures and look up the original text in Hebrew or Greek. I figure out the context by reading commentaries. I pray, “God give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so I may know you better. ” (Ephesians 1: 17)
And God reveals more.
“. . .The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”
Psalm 19:9b-10, NIV
There are treasures found in God's Word. Treasures more precious than gold. We find them, similarly to the way my toddler finds hers—by actively searching.
“And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 2:3-4, NIV
What treasures will you discover today?
For the next two weeks we will be studying about the Word of God. I hope you'll join along. You can download the free, individual reading guide by clicking here.
Also, I want to thank those of you who have faithfully prayed for this ministry during the summer while I took a writing sabbatical. It was an extremely restful period of time—an amazing time of renewal. During my time off, I also prayed about how the Lord desires to direct the ministry, and I'm excited for what he has in store for this upcoming year!
Photo: Alvan Nee