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Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)
TITLE: HIDDEN TREASURE
By Valerie Routhieaux
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Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)
When I recall the childhood games I played, hide and seek is among my favorites. There were two versions of hide and seek. One is the one you think about with everyone hiding while someone counts and then calls out, ďReady or not, here I come,Ē and the search was on. The other version of hide and seek was more like a scavenger hunt. Someone would write a clue on a paper and give the first paper to the seekers who were to find the next paper with the next clue, and so forth until we found all the clues along with the object we sought.
We are to hide Godís word in our hearts, when we do there is a prize to be sought out, a lot like the scavenger hunt. Youíve all seen Bible quizzes, word searches, or theme searches. When we embark on one of those, we search out the hidden treasures of Godís word.
Jesus said, Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. (KJV)
Here we see not only something hid, but also something found. When we seek out the treasures of the Word of God, we will always find what God is saying to us. Jesus told the parable of the woman who lost a piece of silver, Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. (KJV)
It is our nature to seek out what is lost until we find it, no matter how long it takes, and when we find it, we rejoice and ask our friends to be rejoice with us.
God gives us promises in His Word, but unless we seek out those promises, we will never know what is ours. Concerning Godís promises and our desires, Jesus said, Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)
Everyone has things they want, and do what they can to have them. Some of those things include a nice home, a car, maybe itís to further our education, a vacation, any number of things we long for and hope to enjoy someday.
The psalmist David said, Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (KJV)
There are many hidden treasures in the Word of God. It is our task to search them out and see what God would say to us. When we do, we hide Godís Word in our hearts, and in so doing we make it hard to sin against God, or allow Satan to come against us.
Have you played hide and seek with Godís Word recently? Have you searched the scriptures as though you were looking for hidden treasure? Consider the words of Solomon. Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. (KJV)
There is a lot to be found among the pages of Godís Word. Itís time to search them out as one seeks valuable treasure.
The childhood games we play serve as a guide in searching out the treasures of the Word of God. Happy hunting. Your first clue is:
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