Thursday, February 04, 2016

February 4, 2016: Treasures of Truth

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 35  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean, singing How Deep the Father’s Love For Us… expressing the depth of God’s love for His saved ones; and it is in that depth, from His word, that we should seek for the treasures of His truth.

Highlight Passage:   Proverbs 2: 4 [NKJV] …  
4 Search for them as you would for silver; … seek them like hidden treasures. 
 … Searching for God’s truth as if searching for treasure.
Highlight Context – Proverbs 2: 1-5 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Solomon says we should search in God’s truth (i.e., His word) as if we’re searching for treasure. 

Reference Passage #1 - Job 28:23-28 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… We can find the wealth of wisdom on in God’s treasure chest of truth, … His Word.

Reference Passage #2 - Proverbs 8: 17 [NKJV] …  
17 I love all who love me. Those who search with surely find me. 
… And the best place to search for God’s love in to go deep in His word.

Reference Passage #3 - Proverbs 9: 10 [NKJV] …  
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement. 
… And that knowledge of God can only be gleaned from the depths of His word.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, the Cindy Hess Kasper, used a personal story to illustrate how we often miss the depth of God’s love from His word when we only do a surface skimming of His truth.

 Kasper writes: My husband and I read in different ways. … He has a tendency to read slowly, word-for-word. I often speed-read by skimming. But Tom retains more than I do. He can easily quote something he read a week ago, while my retention can evaporate seconds after I turn away from the screen or book. … Skimming is also a problem when I’m reading the Bible—and not just the genealogies. I’m tempted to skim familiar passages, stories I’ve heard since I was a child, or a psalm that is part of a familiar chorus. 

In searching for God’s wisdom … and really in searching for knowledge of God, … we often skim the surface of the treasures of truth God has about Himself in the primary source of such wisdom, … His Word, … the Bible. Job, in his quandary about how life had treated him, wrote of what God had revealed about man’s search for truth and wisdom; and in Chapter 28 of Job’s journal we read that to find the treasures of God’s truth, we must go deep, digging for those treasures … as a miner searches for precious gems in the earth.

 It’s hard work, digging for the essence of God in life, isn’t it? But God wants to reveal Himself to all who love Him (see Prov. 8: 17); and the essence of all wisdom - i.e., knowledge of God - is found only in His treasure chest of truth, … His word.

 The question is … are we willing to go deep to find it?

Solomon, in writing Proverbs, Chapters 1-9, wanted his son to find the real treasures of life, i.e., Godly wisdom; and he wrote about how any searcher after God could find His truth … and in doing so, know God’s heart. And the fear of God (i.e., reverent knowledge of Him) can really only be attained by a deep and thorough search for Him in His word.

 So, … that’s why I’m here today, digging into His word for His gems of truth. Where are you going to search for Him today?

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … I search for You … and find You, Lord … in Your word. Amen  

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