Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time to Go Mining for the Depths of God's Word
I told Danny that maybe we could take a month off and go digging ourselves! Thousands of dollars a day was a nice salary for digging. We both laughed. Mostly because Danny has worked pretty hard all his life and he recognized just what they were doing. They weren’t sifting through nice garden soil. No, they were sledge hammering rocks and using a pick ax to dismantle large boulders. One scene showed one of the partners laying on his back holding a huge boulder up with his feet so the other fellow could reach underneath for stones!
Their work netted great results for them. But it was work. And although we watched a 30 minute program with all the highlights, we didn’t have time to watch their entire search. It could have been days, months or years they spent looking for just what they really needed. Surface work would never have netted the prize. It took digging and time and more digging. Searching for true riches can be a lifelong endeavor.
We believers are miners of sorts. We have riches that we often never even try to mine for. We want the easy pickings, the things that are on the surface. We want salvation and justification and a pain free life. We want all the things we can have from Christ. But we aren’t really into sacrificing our time, our finances, our plans for His direction.
But the most beautiful and priceless gifts of the Spirit are found much deeper in our Christian life. If we are going to have all that Christ has provided for us we’re going to have to work for it. We’re going to have to take the time to dig for it. Often we never bother until we are truly in the arid places of life. Those are our most profound moments – those times we realize we must have more of Jesus to get us through it all. We see it as a desert time, but God sees it as a time of mining for His jewels. We get upset and worried and troubled about it all, but God sees it as the perfect opportunity to let Him increase in our lives.
God speaks to our hearts: Precious child. You have been so content to take the easy road. But your heart has been yearning for more of Me. It’s time for you to follow me into the mountains as together we will learn to mine for pure gold and precious stones. Every precious jewel found in Me is available to you but they are not found in the meadows, in the casual, in the easy places. Time spent with Me is where you reap your greatest reward. In My presence you will find everything you’ve ever wanted and oh, so much more! In My Presence you will find rare jewels of the life of faith: abiding peace, everlasting joy, contentment, gratitude, wisdom, perseverance and hope, among others. Everything you need is found in Me as you spend time with Me digging deeper in sacrifice of your own plans.
Oh beloved, run to the Lord this morning and ask Him to take you mining through His Word! God loves you and He’s for you, so that all you have to do is spend plenty of time with Him to have a rich and rewarding life. Let other things go, but don’t neglect your life In Christ, for that’s what really matters and that’s where you will find your true calling as you follow after Him.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
Psalm 19:9-11 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.