The Wisdom Of The Lord Is Like A Hidden Treasure

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   3/15/2014

The other day on the radio I heard that a Christian missionary group in Ukraine was overwhelmed by the number of people that wanted Bibles.  They said they handed out more than 200,000 in the last few months.

In the middle of a war-like crisis, where people are in need of a lot of things like food and security, it would seem that they would be hungry for so many other things.  What are we missing?  Why do they value the knowledge of the Lord above these things? 

I don’t understand why so many other things in America have become more important than gaining the wisdom of the Lord.  When I tell people about the latest book I’m reading or subject I’m studying in the Bible, they look at me as if to say “why study when you could be doing this or that?”  The things they chase after seem to be related to either entertainment or money.  We can't seem to get enough of them.

Don’t get me wrong, I like entertainment and money, but only in proportion so that they don’t take me away from my true fascination – the reality of God, who He is and what He is doing.

Proverbs 2:1-6 tells us how to get the wisdom of the Lord: 

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, 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. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

This passage tells us that we can gain the wisdom of the Lord if we ask God for it and look for it as if we were searching for a hidden treasure.  First, it is amazing that the Lord of the universe makes His wisdom available for us to gain.  Second, He wrote it down for us and made it available throughout every nation.  And third, He told us how to find it, 'to search for it like hidden treasure,' which means to put aside other distractions and leave our comfortable surroundings and seek it out, uncovering clue after clue along the way.  The Lord has put before us the greatest treasure map and has invited us to join him in seeking and finding His wisdom.  What could be more entertaining than playing a game of treasure hunter with the Lord?

Proverbs 3:1-2 goes on to warn us not to forget the wisdom of the Lord, because it will prolong our life.

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

According to this, when we seek the wisdom of the Lord we are entertained, gain a longer life, and achieve peace and prosperity.  This is more than if we seek our own entertainment and money in the world.  So when we read the latest book about the Lord or study a subject in the Bible we are not losing out on anything; rather, we are gaining much more than we otherwise would be.  

But wait a minute, if this were true, wouldn’t seeking the wisdom of the Lord be the best place to invest ourselves?  Why doesn’t the Scriptures include this implication?  Actually, it does, Proverbs 4:5-7 tells us that because of this, we should pursue wisdom at all costs.

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.  Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.  Though it costs all you have, get understanding.

The things that the world seems to encourage us to investment our time and money in are not as valuable as they think they are and it surprises me how rare it is to find people that recognize this.  

It is more beneficial to spend time and money on books about the Lord and studying the Bible than on other things.  Get in the game, take advantage of this opportunity to seek the Lord while he can be found, while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).

The world is missing out on the treasure of the Lord.  They are wasting their time and money on things that do not reveal the Lord to them.   

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