by Barbara Latta
|Diamonds are found by digging|
“There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15).
My hometown is very close to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, North America’s only diamond mine. The mine is not a cave like the image brings to mind, but a big field of dirt. You take your buckets, shovels, and screens and go dig to see what you can find.
Many people have found treasures here over the years and the larger finds always make national headlines.Recently, an eight carat diamond was found almost breaking a park record.When there is potential for finding something valuable, human nature drives us to search no matter the cost. The work can be hot or cold, dirty, bug infested and back breaking, but none of that seems to matter when the chance of finding a gem is calling.
Men have searched since the beginning of time for gold and jewels seeking to make their fortune. They have killed, lied, and stolen to obtain riches. But no matter how much they gather, it is still temporary.
The wisdom of God is a gem that is more valuable than minerals we can find in the ground.
Jesus spoke to people in parables and many times his
disciples had to come to him and ask Him to explain the meaning (Matthew 13:10). He said it was
given to them to understand, but not the world. The followers who really wanted
to know God were willing to listen and ask questions. Others turned away and
left and never came back leaving God’s gems buried in spiritual ground. Because
they didn’t understand the value of His words, they went away empty.
|Gold is temporary|
Diamonds and gold nuggets are very rarely found lying on the surface of the ground. They are buried deep within unless the soil has been plowed and turned over exposing the treasure. The same is true in the spirit. We have to seek out God’s wisdom by digging into His Word to find the real value for our lives. When we let His Word plow our hearts and prepare the soil, His wisdom can be understood and we have taken possession of the most valuable gem of all.
|God's Word is a treasure chest|
Wisdom is not a jewel we can wear on the body, but an everlasting gift that fills the soul. The jewel can’t be stolen by thieves or become corrupted. This treasure becomes more valuable with use and grows the more it’s given away.
Did you know you have God’s treasure chest available to you today? Join the conversation and share how rich you are.