I believe there’s a little “treasure hunter” in all of us. Many of us have dreamed of finding a pirate’s treasure map leading to a chest of gold, silver and precious jewels. Others have dreamed of finding gold nuggets in a stream or diamonds in a cave.
There are treasure hunters that dedicate their lives to searching for historical ships that hold sunken treasure hidden within their bowels, deep in the ocean’s floor. Many have died trying, never finding the treasure they sought. Others have frittered their newly discovered treasure on selfish, lavish lifestyles which did not fulfill the deep yet often misunderstood yearning in their soul.
The statistical history of former lottery winners indicates a common thread: riches quickly gained left most “winners” in a worse condition. Sadly, that can also be common with other “windfall” riches including inheritances. Few are able to handle large sums of money quickly gained; consequently, they are also quickly lost.
I believe God placed the hunger for buried treasure within us, but the earth cannot contain the true treasures for which we long. The Bible explains the outcome of those who desire to be rich, by making money their idol. “But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing. For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.” (1Timothy 6:9-10)
God did not give us the heart of a “treasure hunter” for our destruction, but for us to seek out the greatest treasures of all, those found in knowing Him. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.” (Proverbs 25:2) See also (Romans 11:33-36 and Deuteronomy 29:29). When God becomes our pursuit and holy passion, the mysteries of His Kingdom: Wisdom, Glory, Love, Mercy, Power and Justice are revealed to us.
This is not a journey for the faint in heart, nor is it a journey for the curious. The treasures of God are too precious to be spent on casual interest; they are for those who passionately desire to know Him and to gain the riches of His presence which become life transforming. The world does not understand the mind of God but His Wisdom comes to those who desire to know Him by abiding daily in His presence.
“Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].” (James 4:10) For those who will humble themselves, make knowing the Lord their first desire, and purpose to seek Him with all their heart, He will make Himself known to them. These are the true “treasure hunters”.
Larry and I invite you to join us on this journey to pursue the Lord Jesus. He is the greatest treasure of all, and we desire to invest our lives in the pursuit of knowing Him and dwelling in His presence… (Ephesians 1:17-23, 3:14-20).