Dig Deep! You will find Treasure.
by Kim Larsen
Jeremiah 29:12,13, 14a says, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me and I will listen to you, And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord…..”
A friend and I were talking last week, and he said something that made me stop and think…. He said, “We have stopped digging in the Scripture……like past reformers we have stopped because we are content where we are instead of searching for more.” I think he’s correct! The average Christian spends little or no time reading let alone studying and searching for truth. I think that we have become lazy….. we want to plug in and listen for 10 minutes and be fed and then move on to something else. I recently visited a church with a friend. My eyes were opened to this very point. We walked in completely unnoticed, we walked past the book store which was humming with business, passed by the coffee shop with a long line of people waiting for their brew, there were tables with people eating a bite before the service. We walked into the auditorium and the praise team was ready and the countdown until the event started was clicking down… 38, 37, 36…….we found a seat and the lights went down and the music started. We were entertained for quite a while…. I looked around to see people sipping on their coffee having a really great time. The sermon was next. Don’t get me wrong it was all good. There was scripture read, there was good content, then a couple more praise songs and we left, again through a sea of faces and walked out the front door. I felt like something was missing… There was no burning desire to go home and search the scripture… to make things right with my neighbor, to make a commitment to pray more… oh there it was…. Commitment. I was not challenged to commit to study, to pray , or to change anything… to strive for more, a closer walk with the Lord.
The most valuable teaching of the bible is not to be gained by occasional or disconnected study. Its great system of truth is not so presented as to be discerned by the hasty or careless reader. Many of its treasure lie far beneath the surface, and can be obtained only by diligent research and continuous effort. The truths that go to make up the great whole must be searched out and gathered up. Isaiah 28:9,10 reads, “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line. Here a little, there a little.”
The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their maker. God gave to men the sure Word of Prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass. Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left hidden in mystery. They were not revealed in such a way as to perplex and mislead the honest seeker after truth.
So, go and dig. Dig deep. Find the vein of truth and share it! Be sure you share it! Because you never know who you may meet that is also searching for something deeper. Deep treasure.
So Dig Deep! So Dig Deep Daily with Prayer and the Study of God’s Word so you may know His will for your life and be ready to give the reason for the hope and faith that is within you, presenting it with love and humility.