I have really grown to love and discover the treasure I have in God’s word. That can sound mechanical coming from a Christian. What Christian doesn’t admit to loving God’s word? I used to see the Bible as something we read regularly to gain insight about how to live our lives. And Indeed it is! But I’ve also come to see how personal His word can be to each of us, almost as if you or I were on His mind as He gave each word.
I love what David says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart.” Treasure is highly valuable. If I were digging in my back yard, or my two boys for that matter, and they came across a buried box filled with costly jewels, it would change my family’s life. My husband might quit his job and take a different adventure in his career. My children would insist, without my objection, on an in-ground pool. We would top it off with a looooong vacation. Discovered treasure changes things because there is value in it.
Now if my boys never dug, that treasure never would be discovered. We would be ignorant of the wealth that became ours when we bought the house.
How often do we do that with scripture? We look at it as words on a page that were written long ago. Peter wrote, describing God’s word, “the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). The life, power, and strength, that was written thousands of years ago, when God inspired it in the heart of man, is the same powerful words He has given to us in our generation. Scripture does not weaken over time.
Think of His word as a seed. Our heart, the ground it is planted in. Take His word and plant it deeply within the soil of your heart. Our faith to believe is like the water and sunshine that beckons it to come forth.
I think of scriptures the Lord has given me, mostly through difficulties or desperate times; those very promises are what sustained me. They gave me strength to trust God, even when the circumstances said otherwise. One thing I’ve discovered, as I’ve gotten older, is how much I really am not in control, He is.
When the Lord speaks to us, He often gives a scripture (promise) from His word. Perhaps a verse brought to our remembrance, or a scripture that stands out to us in a whole chapter. I think of it as the words “leaping off the page at me.” When this happens, I underline or rewrite the word elsewhere as a reminder. I often need reminding of what God has spoken to me when my faith seems week. And then I wait…and wait….and wait...
Living in Kentucky, we are surrounded by farmland. When wheat seeds are planted, they come up like small blades of grass. And then they seem to stop growing. My first year here, I wondered if something was wrong. Was there not enough rain? Too cold? Were the farmers concerned? My mind wanted to figure out what was wrong. I laugh about how I couldn’t just rest and wait to see what happens. I don’t have to know every detail; I now remind myself. Recently, the wheat was harvested. It did not die prematurely, the ground was not too dry, the temperature not too cold. It just took time.
Remember that as you wait on God’s promises to be fulfilled. He is Sovereign over every circumstances in our lives. His thoughts are not our thoughts nor His ways, ours. He is not slack in keeping His promises to you.
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