Thursday, December 2, 2010

Searching for Undersea Treasures

Some people contentedly swim along the surface of the water or wade in the shallows, hoping to stumble upon shells or other treasures. But they are unwilling to dedicate hard work to find treasures. Others who seek treasure are more realistic; they invest in proper diving equipment and explore the depths of the ocean. They may not find what they sought: gold or sunken ships on the ocean floor. But the sea is filled with other kinds of treasures--the wonders of all the life that teem in the ocean: fish of all kinds, lobsters, clams, sharks, whales, jellyfish, and octopus. Under the sea hide coral caves, mountains and volcanoes. Those who are persistent find many treasures.

So it is with our spiritual lives. Too often we are content to skim the spiritual surface. We hope that our brief foray into spiritual matters will result in that lucky find: blessings overflowing from a loving God. He is, of course, a loving God, but He desires that we diligently seek Him. Just as the serious treasure hunter invests much time and effort into seeking his undersea treasure, so we learn to invest time and energy seeking God’s treasures. Treasure hunters rarely work alone; together they are safer and more likely to find treasure. We too are more successful working together to seek our treasure. If we diligently seek God’s spiritual treasures, we will find them. We may frequently be surprised at what God reveals to us, but we will never be disappointed.

Oh God, you promise to reveal yourself to those who diligently seek you. Make me persistent in my searching. Show me how to search beyond the shallow waters to discover your spiritual treasure.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.

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