Silver and hidden treasure

Though it’s been a few years, I remember playing pirate ship with my brothers when we were kids. A creek ran right behind one house we lived in. As preacher’s kids, we moved around a lot, but I always remember the house with the creek.

That creek provided the perfect setting for our game, which often included a hunt for hidden treasure. I don’t know that we ever actually looked for silver, but we could always come up with a hidden treasure find.

Have you ever found something you’d been searching for a long time?

If you’re like me, it was probably a set of car keys or the charger to your phone. What a relief when you locate the missing item in the least likely of places – right where you left it!

{I’m currently searching for the missing charger to my power drill. Yes, I have my own. I carry it in a pink tool bag and I’m not afraid to use it. Now, if I could just find that charger…}

Speaking of searching, the book of Proverbs has great lessons on this.

Proverbs is, quite simply, a handbook on the art of living. If you’re searching for wisdom or understanding in your life, consider this…

And if you look for it [Wisdom] 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. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2.4-5

As kids hunting treasure, we were vigilant in our search. If friends happened by, they join the quest. If mom called us to lunch, we argued we had to locate the “treasure” first. And if either of my brothers got in my way I didn’t hesitate to…oh, wait. If I got in their way, they didn’t hesitate to… Well, if you have brothers, you understand.

Searching for hidden treasure may be a child's game. Digging into the Bible is much the same. It's sure to be found if you search...Want a quick fix from the Bible?

Searching takes time. And, if it’s important enough, we will look for it as if it’s the most valuable thing in the world; like silver and hidden treasure.

Digging into God’s Word produces something we can seek our teeth into. I’m not suggesting you set out to read the entire Bible through in the next 45 days, or some other ridiculous feat. I’ve often felt like many suggested Bible study methods only set most of us up for quick failure.

Sometimes I read only a verse or chapter of the Bible and then ponder over it for 2-3 days. Now, I’m not against having a plan. I have bookshelves full of devotionals and Bible studies to give me a plan. I’m trying to learn to slow down, though. Vigilant searching includes meditation…and pondering.

Mining for silver is a slow process.

Searching for hidden treasure may take a lifetime. But, if wisdom and understanding is what we’re after, then let’s go all in. God will bless as we search and He’ll no doubt reveal far more than we set out looking for.

Here’s to wisdom and understanding, disguised as silver and hidden treasure. Happy digging, friend.

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