Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday "Text"

Friday Text: Proverbs 2:1-6 (Read Proverbs 2:1-6 HERE)

Panning for Gold?
Ever been to one of those tourist deals where you pan for gold or jewels? They line you up and dump a bag of dirt in your area that "supposedly" comes from the nearby mountain. Then the dirt sifting, mud swirling adventure begins. Oh yeah...and we pay for this little opportunity. The last time my family did this we sifted through five or six bags of dirt to uncover a few small tidbits of gold and precious rocks. But you would've thought my kids had hit the mother load and struck it rich. They were so excited and if I told them we were headed back tomorrow they would quickly and gladly dig through the dirt all over again.

Diggin' through Crap?
This is the essence of Proverbs 2:1-6. I believe King Solomon was describing a similar experience or phenomenon that can and does happen with us. I should be careful to say my analogy breaks down here because I don't think he's saying that you dig through a bunch of "crap" to get a few nuggets in God's Word. It's all valuable. Every word--even the parts that don't make sense at first glance and the parts that seem tough to live by--ALL VALUABLE.

Wait for it--Watch for it--Love it!
I do believe our tourist experience panning for gold captures the idea though. When we begin to dig around the Word of God, the things that at first glance appear as confusing stuff or normal stuff "dirt" eventually yield things so precious to us that we (like my kids) will find ourselves excited to go back and dig for more. So wait for it--watch for it--love it!

...look for it as silver and search for it as hidden treasure." -Proverbs 2:4

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