Search for Gold
Theme of the week: Get More out of the Bible
Friday, March 30, 2012
Key Bible Verses: The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey drip-ping from the comb.
(Psalm 19:9-10) Dig Deeper: Psalm 19:7-11
I’ve heard stories of churches in China that have had only one Bible for an entire congregation. They take that Bible, tear out pages, and give them to individual members of the congregation to memorize. For many of these underground Christians, Bibles are as valuable as gold—even more so. We need to see that same value in God’s Word and not take it for granted. As [today’s Key Bible Verses] say, “The laws of the LORD … are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.”
When you’re reading through the Bible, think about it as though you were mining for gold. Have you ever dropped a quarter? Do you look for a quarter if you drop it? I do. Do you look for a dime? I do. Do you look for a penny? I do, depending on the circumstances.
Let’s say that you somehow misplaced one million dollars. Do you think you would search for it? If I’m willing to look for a quarter, then I would definitely look for a million dollars.
My point is that there is buried gold in the pages of Scripture. You need to get into it, search for it, and find all the treasure that’s in the Bible for you.
—Greg Laurie in Let God Change Your Life
My Response: If I really believe Scripture is more “desirable than gold,” how should it affect the way I approach the Bible?
Thought to Apply: A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
—Theodore Roosevelt (26th President)
Adapted from Let God Change Your Life (David C. Cook, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Lord, may I strive to not only read your Word regularly, but to also study it carefully and apply it more consistently.
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