January 29, 2007

Hidden Treasure

2 Kings 22:1-13

"Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." 2 Kings 22:10


A friend of mine is a banker. One day a woman came into the bank with $40,000 in plastic grocery bags. She had been hiding it in her house, and now she wanted to store it in the bank. The next week, she came in with another $20,000. A week later, her house burned down; she figured she lost about $10,000 more in cash, because there was money tucked away that she hadn't been able to find.

Josiah learned that there was hidden treasure in the house of the Lord. Someone had packed away the Book of the Law and had hid it so well that it wasn't found for many years. Josiah was a good king, doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but when the Book of the Law was found, he soon learned that he and the people were living in the poverty of sin. There was a wealth of God's will that still needed to be obeyed.

Perhaps you are a good person who believes in God and does what your conscience tells you is right. But in the Bible you have the full treasure of the will of God-- and the soul-saving truth of Jesus is tucked away in every corner of it.

Like Josiah, we all need to read, repent, and take action to build our life as fully as we can in the grace of Jesus and in the will of God.

The wealth of God is for you! Store it up in your soul!

Father, there is so much about you that I don't understand. Help me to read your Word, and learn, and grow. Store up your truth in my soul, and help me to obey. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Keith Mannes

Keith Mannes serves as pastor at Highland Christian Reformed Church in McBain, Michigan. Keith and his wife, Alicia, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary,
and they are thankful for their three children—Eben, Charis, and Breanna.

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