Part 3: Dig Deep
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1–5)
It’s that time of year again—time to clean my closet. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t know where anything is and I’m sure there are clothing items I’ve forgotten about. It’s tedious but when I dig deep in my closet, it’s like digging for buried treasure—I know I will find something valuable that I thought was lost. However, sometimes the process takes hours, or even days, if I do it right.
When we approach God’s Word, we also need to take the time to dig deep.
We should not gloss over the passages or read to fulfill a ritual. Instead, we should pray: “Lord, I am thirsty for a message from you. Please speak to me today.” We need to slow down as we read, then re-read a passage. If you need an answer to a dilemma, look for the answer in God’s Word. Usually it will leap off the page.
Before I read my Bible this morning, I asked the Holy Spirit to show me something new about hearing His voice. He took me to Galatians 3:5 that says, “So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’” Through that passage, it reminded me that when we read the Word of God, belief is a prerequisite. Second, we must believe that God can speak through the Word that the Bible describes as “living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword.” If we believe, then we have a righteous mentality like the one Abraham had.
At the end of Proverbs 2:1–5, it says if we ask for understanding of God’s Word and seek it like hidden treasure, then we will “understand the fear of the LORD and will find the knowledge of God.” The reason why so many people seem to go their own way, do evil things, or live recklessly is because they don’t have a healthy fear of God. They probably don’t spend time in His Word to understand what is right and what is wrong in His eyes. They do what seems right to them because they don’t believe the Bible still provides a standard of excellence. There is a passage that speaks to this: “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Do you want to pursue righteousness?
Do you desire a blueprint for your life?
Do you long for God to speak to you?
Today, if you desire to hear from your heavenly Father, do not underestimate His Word as a vehicle for His voice. Open your Bible and dig deep. There are treasures waiting for you there!