Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Digging for Treasure

Proverbs 2:1-6 (NLT)
My child, listen to what I say,
    and treasure my commands.
Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Do you dig through your accessory drawer to find just the right gem (or tie) for the day?  You have go-to favorites.  One corner has a particular color.  What suits your mood or makes you feel beautiful?  Some days yield a quick pick while other days you linger in thought.  Some days you forget entirely.  Accessorizing has become a habit.  Routine.  Finding a daily message from God’s book of wisdom might take some practice too, but  you will learn to tune your ears.

I like to read a verse several times and let it tumble around in my head as I go about my morning chores.  Where does the verse take my thoughts and why?  What does it mean for my life?  Sometimes a word or phrase jumps off the screen and slaps me in the face offering encouragement, affirmation, a new perspective, conviction or correction.   Reading different translations can expand the nuances of a verse because the original Hebrew and Greek don’t always translate easily to English.  If one verse or devotion doesn’t speak to me, I read another.  Almost every day, one of the devotions I read contains a personal message.

Search for God’s message as you would for silver; seek His wisdom like hidden treasures.

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