I spent this past weekend so very heavy hearted..deeply burdened and worried. I tried repeatedly to give my burdens to the Lord but seemed to hold onto them even as I prayed. But, instead of growing impatient with me, God showed Himself faithful and gave me some very clear truths from my Sunday school lesson and then some wonderful prayer partners who agreed to pray for me (thank you so much, ladies). One verse from our lesson yesterday morning was Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…”
We have access to ALL treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I can KNOW how to pray for each situation, how to handle each stress or how to love even the most difficult…and more…if I will seek the treasures found in his word. The illustration used in our lesson made this so clear for me. (Thanks, Dan.)
If I were told (and reliably convinced) that one million dollars had been hidden in my house…and it was all mine once I found it, what would I do? Undoubtedly, I would search every floor, every room, every corner, nook and cranny trying to find the treasure. I would not casually glance around each room or just move a pillow or two. I would not look in one room then leave to run errands hoping to get back to the search later. I would not quit nor would I complain about the length or challenge of the search. I would be eager, expectant, excited and diligent (and I believe I would probably have the same attitude for just about any amount of money….it is a treasure to be had!)
In the very same way, God has “hid” treasure for us in His word. Hid in the Colossians verse means placed – to be found – not something withheld. So often I want God’s wisdom and I ask for His knowledge; however, the amount of effort and diligence I put into finding the answer in my Bible suggests anything but a treasure hunt!! Sometimes, I am overwhelmed and quit too soon. Other times, I’m simply too lazy. How foolish of me!
The burdens I had this weekend – and still have – are, indeed, heavy but God’s word has the peace for me during the storm, has the wisdom for me to know what to say (and when), and has the promises for me to remember….my God is faithful and offers me all hope! I pray you will embark on a treasure hunt in God’s word even today!