Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 40-41; 1 Peter 3
I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162
The Psalmist who wrote this verse knew where to find real treasure. He rejoiced at the Word of God. He considered the Word as precious as treasure. The prophet Jeremiah declared a similar expression of his heart when he said, "Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart." (Jeremiah 15:16) As Christians, we should all consider the Word of God, the Bible, a treasure to rejoice over. But do we?
I was raised in church, went to Sunday school, and accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was very young. I read the Bible, knew most of the stories, and really loved the Gospels in the New Testament. I bought tapes of my favorite sermons and watched programs that touched me personally, all in addition to going to church. But did I rejoice over the Bible? Honestly, I must answer a definitive "no." To be even more honest, I had trouble just sitting down and reading the Bible. I would rather have someone "talk" to me and teach me what it says. I did not know how to read it for myself and get a message that applied directly to my own life.
One day I knew that I needed more in my life and I said to God, "I need more of You. I need to know who You really are in my life." Very quietly but clearly, the Lord said to me that it was time to start spending time with Him. I must start in His Word. I must make a choice to turn off the other things and start to listen to Him. I picked up the Bible and began reading from the beginning. Six months later, I finished it. I cannot begin to tell you the change that began in my life and has continued to this day. By the time I came to the verse in Jeremiah 15:16, I knew that if I could truly eat the Word, I would. I could not get enough. The Word of God became the greatest treasure I have ever found. Nothing compares.
If you want to find a treasure worth rejoicing over, then pick up the precious Word of God and actually read it for yourself. Read it every day and keep going. You will be changed in ways you cannot imagine. Another of my favorite verses says just that: "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20) Get to know the Lord through His Word, start today.