Are you searching for something? Are you being searched? Was anything found? Are you seeking? Are you discovering? Are you finding? What is it you are searching for? What is it that you are seeking? When you find it will it be worth the effort? Are you searching for something that will last? Are you searching for something that is temporary? Are you searching for something that matters? Are you searching for something that will provide you a temporary moment? What is the motive behind it? Are you seeking treasure? Are you seeking fame? Are you seeking answers? Are you seeking understanding? Do you really want to find it or is the searching and seeking providing you with the excitement and enjoyment to press on?
Let’s consider a few scriptures that come to mind when I consider this question:
‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord , ‘and I will restore your fortunes and I will [free you and] gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ says the Lord , ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ ‘Jeremiah 29:11-14
‘Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’Matthew 6:31-34
‘Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.’Psalms 139:23-24
‘ “ Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. ‘Matthew 7:7-8
‘This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus [king of Persia], Whose right hand I have held To subdue nations before him, And I will ungird the loins of kings [disarming them]; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: “I will go before you and level the mountains; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness [the hoarded treasures] And the hidden riches of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The Lord , the God of Israel, who calls you (Cyrus the Great) by your name. ‘Isaiah 45:1-3
So are you searching or being searched? Are you seeking or being sought after? Are you finding or being found? Was it worth it? Is it worth it? Will it be worth it? What are your motives? What’s in your heart? Will it last? How will it end?
Treasures from the Dark
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
‘I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord , Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.’Isaiah 45:3
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- When you hear the word TREASURE, what comes to mind? Is it a chest filled with gold? Is it map that leads you to exciting places? Is it what you get from digging up what is under the X that markets the spot?
- Does the thought of TREASURE thrill or excite you?
- Does it need an adventure or is playing the lottery good enough for you?
- Are you willing to spend years of searching and sacrificing if you think you will find a TREASURE?
- Ever consider the treasure(s) God has for you?
- Ever pursued those treasure(s) worth more than any precious metals?
- So we know that in this world we will have troubles but Jesus tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world!
- God’s Word tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds for there is a treasure when we persevere that will allow us to be complete and lacking nothing!
- Today’s verse speaks to how God wants us to find treasure in the midst of our trying, troubling, adverse times!
- When things are good, we roll along our way without a heaven dependency on God, but when adversity hits that is when we turn to Him, lean on Him, and cry out to Him!
- In the midst of the adversity, we seek Him, we seek His heart, we seek His purpose for us.
- We learn in the midst of all of that what God wants and desires. Like when I was mistreated and lied to and God taught me to forgive.
- We learn in the midst of all the challenges and struggles about God’s character!
- We may not know why but we do know where we can go and who we can turn to to help us in the moment and through it!
- God’s got everything under control! God’s not going to be or get surprised! So let’s trust Him! Let’s not lean on our own understanding but instead turn to Him and put all of our trust in Him!
- Let’s allow our intimacy with God to grow in and through adversity!
- Let’s grab hold of the reality in the midst of adversity that God is almighty and beyond comprehension!
- No matter what adversity comes your way, never lose sight of the reality that God is trustworthy and we can trust Him completely!
- God is our treasure!
- We never ask for or look for adversity or times of darkness, however, when they come the reality and faithfulness of God is revealed to us if we will turn to Him, lean on Him, and trust Him!
- God will meet us in the darkness so that we can shine His light!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
- What are some times of darkness you’ve experienced?
- In what ways is knowing God more deeply and intimately true treasure to you?
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
“Adversity is God’s way of preparing me to help other people.”— Ike Reighard
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So where are you at today? Have you faced adversity? Have you shared your lessons learned with anyone yet? Have you explained how adversity has helped you learn and grow? For me there has been the lesson of forgiveness so many years ago and have gotten to share it with so many people ever since. Even in 2020, the hindsight lesson allowed me to move on and move in to a new role and team, I have gotten to share how that in the midst of the adversity, it built up my marriage and family and relationships. God doesn’t do things by accident or without purpose, so let’s grab hold of where we are at and what we are going through in order to be able to receive His blessings and then be able to pour them out into the lives of those God brings across our paths. Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to lean on God? Are you ready to receive from God? Let’s pray:
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