A Week Of Seeking

When we were in junior high, the seventh graders always took a class trip west, visiting Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. It was pretty amazing for these small-town farm kids to see mountains, buffalo and long-horn cattle. I don't know how many rolls of pictures we must have taken, but it was a spectacular trip.

At one of our stops, we got to pan for gold ... sort of. Each student was given a bucket of dirt and rocks to put through a sieve and see what we could find. It wasn't the same as standing over a rushing river, dipping your pan in and looking for those sparkling treasures, but it was fun to see if there really might be something in that bucket. I don't remember finding anything myself, but a few kids found some dust and specks. That kept all of us working to see if there was something bigger waiting for us.

This is the image that comes to mind when I read Solomon's words in Proverbs 2. Those who are willing to be taught are reward with wisdom for their efforts. The wisest man who ever lived, the King Solomon was surrounded by riches, but he wrote that the wisdom of God was worth far more than anything he had laid up in the treasure rooms.

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:4-5

If we had just shaken the bucket a little and scraped off the surface of the dirt, we might have found a little bit of gold dust. But by digging and searching and checking every last rock we had to find something worthwhile, we could be rewarded with something bigger and better than we had hoped for. Treasure doesn't just sit on top of the pile waiting to be discovered. It's buried deep within, the reward for diligence and desire.

Make this a week of seeking God's wisdom. You won't just run across it on your daily errands, though. You'll have to dig into the Scriptures, careful remove the nuggets of knowledge and treasure them away in your heart. It may sound like a lot of hard work, but the sparkles it will add to your testimony for the Lord will be worth all the sweat and energy.

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