Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-49 (additional reading Psalm 68:1-18 and Proverbs 11:28)
Michael Stadther, is a millionaire and self-proclaimed eccentric. He is famous for writing ‘A Treasure’s Trove’ in which Stadther put clues in the text and illustrations that will lead tokens that were hiding in American Parks was a value of one-million dollars.
While Stadther is generous, he’s hardly original. God was the first to write a book that leads to treasure, lasting treasure. The good news is that we have this book; it’s the Bible. Since the Bible leads to lasting treasure, Moses today encourages us all to study God’s Word diligently and to follow it carefully.
Observe [God’s Word] carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”…what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? 9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:6, 8, 9)
Obviously, millions have gone out and bought Stadther’s books, read them and then read them again for every possible meaning. Firstly, this should put us to shame how much time and effort we would put in just to find a gold coin or ring, compared to actually how little time and effort we put into reading God’s word with eternal treasures. But also, just as it wouldn’t do one any good to thoroughly study Stadther’s book, figure out where the rings are hidden but never go and get them, so it does us no good to study thoroughly God’s Word but fail to live by it.
For example, we know that God wants us to pray for all believers (Ephesians 6:10-18). Do we do this? Do we pray for our leaders, Sunday School teachers, the members we haven’t seen in a while? Do we even pray for those we don’t always see eye to eye with? Or are we too busy to pray at all except at meal times?
Moses tells the people, carefully study God’s word. Remember it in your daily life. Read it and then read it again, search it, love it but then put what you have observed into practice.
- Do you search God’s Words?
- Do you put the things you read in the Bible into practice?
- How can you long for God’s Word even more than physical treasure?
Father, Thank You for Your Word which is so rich and more precious than any physical treasure. Forgive us when we don’t value it or even forsake it. Help us to live by it and to apply all that You teach us to our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.