Food grows on the surface of the earth. But far below, the earth is changed as if by fire.
Sapphires are taken from its rocks. Its dust contains nuggets of gold.
~Job 28:5-6, NIrV


The most important thing is life is to love Jesus Christ with all your heart: second to this is to love your neighbor as yourself and yet we spend more time accumulating riches than we do building relationships.


I came across the word TREASURE in the ODB devotion and it stirred my mind. I typed the word treasure in Blue Letter Bible and up popped a multitude of scriptures. David said, The LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself and Israel for his own special treasure {Psalms 135:4}. He was simply echoing what Moses said in Exodus 19:5…Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to Me. Moses repeated this theme three times in Deuteronomy {7:6, 14:2, 26:18}. Malachi states the same truth: “They will be my people,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.”  

[1] So first of all: Israel is God’s special treasure.

[2] God’s word is a Treasure. David said, I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure. {Psalms 119:162}

[3] The LORD is our special Treasure. Job said, The Almighty Himself will be your treasure.
He will be your precious silver! {Job 22:25} Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:7, We have this Treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. One of my favorites verse is Colossians 2:3, In Him {Christ} lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I also discovered some random facts about TREASURES:

[1] Treasures can be discovered. Job 28 talks about the miner who digs below the surface to discover treasures. Many treasures are hidden, we have to search for them. A miner lights up the darkness. He searches for ore in the deepest pits. He looks for it in the blackest darkness. Far from where people live he cuts a tunnel. He does it in places where others don’t go. Far away from people he swings back and forth on ropes. Food grows on the surface of the earth. But far below, the earth is changed as if by fire. Sapphires are taken from its rocks. Its dust contains nuggets of gold. {Job 28:3-6}

[2] Treasures can be made. Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” {Matthew 19:21} By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. {1 Timothy 6:19}

[3] Treasures can be shared. They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. {Matthew 2:11}

[4] Earthly Treasures can be either good or bad. Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. {James 5.3}

Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Our priorities and passions reveal our true treasure. The word of God is like a mine. It is filled with nuggets of truth but we have to dig to bring these insights to the surface. Hunting for wild game must be a passion, hunting for spiritual insight can also become a passion. The changes of me becoming passionate at hunting deer is slim. Why is this? It’s because I have never been hunting. Passion are developed over time from repeating a particular action. You will never become passionate about daily bible study until you begin doing it. Thinking about hunting deer will not make me a passionate hunter.

This Day in 2000

Not much to report: Had a meeting with Jere Patterson and Tom Bennich at the MBA office and had a visit with Bobby James. Maybe things will get more interesting tomorrow.

We are behind on rainfall but the last couple of days has had to help. Our back yard looks like a duck pond. A lot of visitors at worship yesterday: some folks I had never seen before. Another very good sermon.

When you have a womanizer verses a woman beater, who do you pull for? For the first time ever, I think, June and I were pulling for Brady and the Patriots. I watched a little of the Falcons game and then went to the computer. June would relay scores to me. The Falcon’s have two former BAMA players so I was pleased with the out come. Who would have thought that game would be so one sided. You never know! We will be pulling for the Falcons but it is no big deal. I will not lose any sleep one way or the other. It would be great if I felt the same way when Alabama plays.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *