Mr. Smith owned several acres of land just outside of a city on the coast. He dreamed of living a life of luxury and seeing the world but had no hope of fulfilling those dreams because he was stuck in a job that paid him barely enough to live on.
His hobby was studying the history of the city where he lived and one day he discovered that the land he owned had once belonged to a famous pirate. The pirate had had a successful career and acquired large amounts of gold and jewels but when he died no one had been able to find any of these treasures. After a careful study of the historical records Mr. Smith came to the conclusion that the treasure must be buried on his property. If he could find it he would be rich enough to live the life he had long dreamed of.
He went to the hardware store and bought a shovel. He decided he would spend some time each day digging to try to find the treasure. Sometimes he did this but there were many days when something came up that kept him from it. Sometimes he came home from work too tired to dig. Sometimes there would be a television program he wanted to watch or something else he wanted to do. Often his shovel sat unused in his garage for days at a time.
I think everyone agrees that the way Mr. Smith was very foolish in the way he went about looking for treasure. Any sensible person in his position would do all he could to find the treasure and make the search for it his highest priority.
But are you absolutely sure you have never made the same mistake Mr. Smith did? The treasure he was seeking would have made him rich for life but would all have been left behind when he died. The Bible contains wisdom which not only teaches us how to live in this life but how to prepare for the life to come. It is much more valuable than Mr. Smith’s treasure.
My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
How many Christians just read their Bible once a day? How many skip reading their Bible when there is something else they want to do? How many Bible are lying on a shelf unread?
Posted on June 9, 2013, in Bible study, practical lessons and tagged Bible, buried treasure, hidden treasure, insight, integrity, knowledge, Proverbs, righteousness, search, seek, silver, treasure, understanding, wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.