(There is treasure to be found)

By Jay Pearson

Prov. 2:4: … as for hid treasure

In Proverbs 9:10 we read that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Also the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge in Proverbs 1:7. And when I think of the fear of the Lord my mind always goes to Hebrews 11:6. Although it doesn’t mention fear of the Lord in this verse, it is implied and so much more.

Hebrews 11:6:
... he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is ...

That statement alone to me encompasses the fear of the Lord. If you truly believe that he is, then you are aware of his doings from Genesis 1:1 and how, when, and why he did and does what he has done and is doing in the creation and in you. It doesn’t come in one leap for mankind but by small steps guided by the holy spirit. You are on a journey but the Lord has already welcomed you to your destination.

Ephesians 2:6:
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

With the fear of the Lord, believing that he is and knowing his full capability and love for you, you are ready to start digging for his treasure. It starts with an intellectual shovel but that only scratches the surface. As you read his word in prayer before the Lord he gives you wisdom. You have now been allowed to go beyond the surface of head knowledge to revelation from God and you begin to understand the knowledge you have read. Wisdom not only gives you the knowledge and understanding of what you have read but it gives you the wisdom to know when, where, and how to apply. Don’t stop with head knowledge or even with the wisdom he gives. It will give you a bloated head. Begin to apply and receive even more as you apply.

James 1:22:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1:5:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Okay I think we are ready now. Got your shovel. Let’s go treasure hunting. I think one easy place to start is Proverbs chapter 2.

Proverbs 2:1-6:
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.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Out of the Lord’s mouth comes the Word of God. He gives wisdom out of the previously come Word in the Flesh, Jesus Christ, now abiding at God’s right hand. The wisdom comes from God through Jesus Christ to your holy spirit. No bureaucracy involved. These three are one in agreement totally. Wow! What treasure! What truth! What deliverance! We believe that God is and fear and love him. Glory be to the lamb, Jesus Christ our righteousness. It makes me happy. And it makes you happy too.

Proverbs 3:13, 18:
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Wow my shovel is full of truth and treasure. A little fleshly thought asks me what is some of my benefits to this treasure. There are many, and also consequences of having a empty shovel. Let’s read on in Proverbs 2:

Proverbs 2:7-22:
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Let’s keep digging in the Word of God and opening our ears to his wisdom and our hearts to do his Word in our daily lives and toward our brethren and the world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and God also said, "Whosoever."

2 Corinthians 5:20:
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Let’s grab a heart shovel daily and go digging for treasure. As we dig for this treasure let’s have our ears open and ready to receive his wisdom and our hands and feet ready to do his Word. For his wisdom is the ultimate treasure.

Proverbs 8:11:
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Amen. Let’s dig in.



Presented in Baton Rouge on February 5, 2017