Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72
A pirate's treasure chest full of gold and jewels? Money in the bank? A beautiful home on 10 acres of land? Rich, black farm land in the middle of the Midwest? What do you think of when you hear or see the word treasure?
On a rainy and dreary Monday, where are the gold and jewels when a cancer diagnosis comes, or your husband doesn't love you anymore or the bank is foreclosing on your house? Where is the milky white pearls when toddlers don't behave or the noisy household is now any empty nest?
Reading through God's Word on a daily basis is the food I know my soul needs for joy and delight. (Jeremiah 15:16)
Reading through 2 Corinthians last week I stopped at 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
Dictionary.com defines treasure as
wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
The Greek word
for treasure is defined as
1) the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up
a) a casket, coffer, or other receptacle, in which valuables are kept, a treasury(Blue Letter Bible)
I stopped at verse 7 of 2 Corinthians 4 because I wondered what
Reading the rest of the verse didn't help, so I went back to verse 6. This treasure is
the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
To know the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4) is to encounter the life-transforming glory of God. (ESV study note)
To encounter the glory of God should transform me into the image of His Son. This treasure is in me and the "surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from me(ourselves)." 2 Corinthians 4:7
Paul's point in this chapter and most of the books he wrote is how great God is and the only way to be like Christ and be transformed is to not lose heart in any adversity or anything that may come my way today.
The same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead is the same power that helps us endure adversity.
Am I a receptacle or coffer for the glory of God? I know I have found treasure every time I read His word. Christ is in me, he gave his life for me and loves me more than I will ever realize.
What more do I need if Jesus is my treasure? ( Colossians 1:27)
Reminding myself this time of year where my treasure is and letting the worldly allures take a back seat.