Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 21:1-23:8 / 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 / Psalm 119:9-16
National Treasure is a 2004 film where historian Benjamin Gates searches for a lost treasure hidden by American Freemasons during the American Revolutionary War. A coded map on the back of the Declaration of Independence gives clues to the location of the treasure. After a series of harrowing events, Gates finally discovers the greatest treasure in history.
Of course that is a fictional story but man has always been on a quest to find hidden or lost treasure. Professional treasure hunters spend years in research to discover a wreck’s location and determine its value. Many treasures have been unearthed or brought from the depths of the ocean yet there are still treasures valued at billions of dollars still undiscovered.
Our quest for finding treasure isn’t on the same level as professional treasure hunters yet we have treasures that we value and pursue. We value financial security so we work hard and make wise investments. We treasure health so we pursue proper nutrition and medical intervention.
The greatest treasure that we can ever find is spiritual forgiveness and transformation. David writes about the discovery of spiritual treasures, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) Other Bible translations use the word “treasure” for “hidden”. The Hebrew language conveys the thought of hiding and storing something valuable – like a treasure.
David considered God’s Word as the greatest treasure of his life. That which man looks upon as insignificant is really a powerful, life giving force in our world. God reveals Himself through His Word. It gives us truth, peace, power, direction and comfort. It rebukes, reproves and edifies us. It is a treasure that is invaluable to this life and the life to come.
The treasure of God’s Word is placed and hidden in a man’s heart. Our hearts give direction to our steps and reasons for our actions. The heart is the conductor, orchestrating all of the different parts of our lives into a single arrangement. Treasure consumes the heart and the heart lines up the rest of our being to passionately follow our valued treasure.
When we treasure the Word of God, we will hide it in our hearts and it will govern our steps to follow paths of righteousness. Here is the best thing - "your word"; hidden in the best place - "in my heart”; for the best purpose - "that I might not sin against you." Don’t leave God’s Word buried under a busy or complacent life but open it and hide it in your heart. You will discover the greatest treasure in your life!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!