Proverbs 2-The Great Treasure Hunt
March 28, 2018 11:16pm CST
Has anyone ever been on a treasure hunt? They are fun. Finding the treasure is awesome, but the hunt is also rewarding. My baby brother and I used to create treasure hunts for our kids. We would get a large shoe box, decorate it, fill it full of prizes, then hide it somewhere around town. We would gather our kids and some of their friends then split them up into two groups. With our central meeting place at a local park, we would hand each team a treasure map, in which, they had to follow the clues to find the treasure. Of course the group who found the treasure first, got to split the prize. These kids were serious too. They forgot everything else and focused on solving the clues and finding the treasure. This is how we are to seek God's wisdom. Proverbs 2 describes the value of wisdom and how we are to obtain it. Verses 4-5 reads, "If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God." How many times do we cry out we don't understand God or can't hear Him. How often have we disreguarded or turned from Him. We blame Him for the things that have gone wrong in our lives, yet we only call on Him when we are struggling or in need. We treat Him like He is the cashier at a McDonald's drive through. When is the last time we sought Him and His wisdom like a gold miner panning for gold? I know, in my own life, I had come to a crisis of faith. I decided to seek God and understand Him fully. I didn't care what the commentators said or the preachers preached. I just wanted to seek Him. I am still on this journey. I still have questions, but I am thankful I made the choice to seek Him. As a matter of fact, I would say I am stalking Him. According to this chapter, if we seek wisdom wholeheartedly, God will provide it. Then we are to treasure it and apply it. It is my prayer that I always treasure the wisdom that God graciously bestows.
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When I was a child it was my ambition to become an archeologist. I never went on to university to study archeology, as God had other plans for me. As I grew and faced my many challenges, I realized how much I have changed in my attitude, behaviors and the like over the years. I may not have become the archeologist I dreamed of as a child, but through my struggles (and with my faith intact), I have chisled away many layers of my human conditioned makeup and the many masks it covered. I haven't reached the surface of my true self as of yet, but I know this is God's plan for me. I have become the archeologist of myself. :-)