Hunting for Treasure

Rock hunting outings were a family event for us when we were children, with Dad showing us how to search for the colorful, the crystalized, and the striated treasures on the ground’s surface. Our favorites were the agates we’d hold up to the sun to see how much light could get through, and the humble thunderegg that looked rough and unremarkable on the outside but held intricate formations of jasper, agate, or opal formations inside.

We don’t have to mine deep into the earth’s surface to find treasure. Sometimes it’s sitting on the ground at our feet. We may only need to keep our eyes open, kick stuff around a little, pick it up, turn it over, put it in our pocket to study later, and invest some time in taking a look into its heart to find something amazing.

This is how I approach my Bible reading. If I’m not in wonder every time I open it up, at the very least I’ve gained a level of satisfaction deep in my soul. And the promise of more keeps me coming back for more.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Dad Can Get Mad – Psalm 2

Psalms chapter two has been difficult for me to approach today. If I only look at the verses that talk about God being angry, scoffing, rebuking and mocking, I’d seriously squirm. Not because I don’t understand or like them, but because it’s hard to explain their value to people who don’t have healthy, godly family relationships.

It’s OK for God to be angry. In fact, he’s the only One who can do so righteously. To keep the discussion simple, let’s start in the heart of the chapter with these verses.

“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession'” (Psalms 2:7-8 NIV).

He has decreed that he’s our Dad. Do you know a committed, involved dad who never gets angry? No such thing. God doesn’t lose control of himself in his wrath, but he wouldn’t be our Dad if he wasn’t upset about his children being enslaved, seduced, robbed, tortured, etc.

The last verse issues a warning to those who cross him (vs. 10), and a comforting invitation.

“Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (the end of verse 12).

I am blessed that he’s my Dad.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Wisdom is Supreme – Proverbs 4

I’ve read one chapter a day through the book of Proverbs numerous times in the last few years, and it never fails that this is the verse that grabs my attention when I get to chapter four.

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7.

My first reaction is to argue with it. Surely there are at least a few things that are more important than selling out to the pursuit of wisdom. What about loving the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength? Didn’t Jesus stress loving my neighbor as myself? Isn’t a good work ethic and taking care of my family most important?

Actually, yes to all of these being true, because it is wise to love God with all I am and all I’ve got. He made all I am and all I’ve got. And if I love him, I’ll look for ways to do all those other things. If I love him I’ll be all wrapped up in showing it by loving my neighbor and my family as myself and taking care of my business.

The last seven verses are feeding me tonight with practical instructions: Listen closely, guard my heart, keep my speech pure, fix my eyes straight ahead, keep my feet on the path of what’s good.

I can just feel myself getting wiser.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis