What if you found an old letter describing a location in your yard where money was buried? Would you attempt to find it? Most people would of course, but finding old cash among your roses isn’t likely. However, the Bible’s promise of treasure is a lot more certain. Consider Solomon’s instructions:
“My son, if you… receive my words…treasure my commands…apply your heart to understanding…cry out for discernment, and seek [wisdom]…then you’ll understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5
Gaining understanding and knowledge from the Lord isn’t an event, it’s an active process of listening, pondering, applying, asking, and seeking (7-12). He then goes on to say that incorporating the knowledge of the Lord will protect, preserve, keep, deliver, and lead the learner to walk in the way of goodness (2:20).
The journey of a disciple should be filled with conversation. We’re made for dialogue and when it comes to our spiritual development, the scripture prompts us to think, pray, ask, listen and dig deeper…searching for precious treasure.
What are you pondering today? What are you seeking? Have you mentioned it to the Lord…and are you listening for His reply?
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Listening is a challenge and there are active/creative ways to do that. Any suggestions in your experience?
Thank you for the comment and question. My suggestion is actually along the lines of the post that is loaded for tomorrow (8/18) called “Meditation”. The active part of the conversation is focusing on the things Paul mentions in Phil. 4:8 (thinking on the things that are true, noble, just, pure etc.), which fills the mind with the materials to construct good questions/productive seeking.
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Ah, good. Thanks.