Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

 

Have you ever gone looking for treasure?  When I think about treasure hunting, I think about the movie National Treasure.  Ben Gates begins with a cryptic clue and it leads him on a chase which goes from the Arctic Circle to Washington DC and at every turn, he is met by a another clue which points somewhere else.  That treasure was well hidden and even frustrating.

 

The treasure of wisdom spoken of in Prov. 2 isn’t hidden at all.  Notice was Solomon records in Prov. 2:3-5.

 

3 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.

 

Vs 6 goes on to promise that the Lord gives wisdom.  God doesn’t hide wisdom and understanding and send us on on a difficult uest to find it.  He freely gives it to us in His word and by His Spirit.

 

Do you long for wisdom and understanding?  Do you desire it like you would some treasure worth billions?  It is far more valuable than any treasure we could find.  Notice the benefits of having wisdom in vs 9-12

 

Then you will understand righteousness and justice

and equity, every good path;

10  for wisdom will come into your heart,

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11  discretion will watch over you,

understanding will guard you,

12  delivering you from the way of evil,

from men of perverted speech,

 

Seek wisdom from God’s word today!

 

Course Correction

If you’re going somewhere and you’re off course by just one degree, after one foot, you’ll miss your target by 0.2 inches.

  • After 100 yards, you’ll be off by 5.2 feet.
  • After a mile, you’ll be off by 92.2 feet.
  • After traveling from San Francisco to L.A., you’ll be off by 6 miles.
  • If traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., 42.6 miles off.
  • Traveling around the globe from Washington, DC, you’d miss by 435 miles and end up in Boston.

Over time, a one-degree error in course makes a huge difference! (Antone Roundy)

As I am writing this, 2017 is in the books and 2018 is just a few days old.  With the change in the calendar, we have an opportunity to examine where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. It is easy to begin to drift in our spiritual lives.  If we drift even a small degree from our purpose in Christ, it can lead to disastrous consequences.  Our doctrine can begin to drift into error and outright heresy.  Our life can drift one compromise at a time into ungodliness.

Paul, writing to the Ephesians in chapter 4:17, 20, & 22-24  offers a reminder of the contrast which should mark our lives.  He says, “17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!– 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” ESV

We must always seek to put off our old sinful selves, and put on the new person we are in Christ.   As we take stock of our lives and reflect on the past and look toward the future, make sure you are on the right path spiritually.