How much is truth worth to you? Is it worth holding onto at all costs? Is it like the pearl of great price that you will sell everything to get and keep hold of? Pilate asked the question “What is truth?” Can it even be found or discerned? Is there one truth, or are there many truths and you can just pick the one you want to be true for you. Once you’ve found it is it worth fighting for or holding fast to? Is it important to have the wisdom and discernment to grasp truth and value it above anything?
In Proverbs 2 the writer tells us that the words of wisdom, God’s Word, is to be treasured. It’s like hidden treasure that should be sought for and valued above anything else. He says we should incline our hearts to it, raise our voice for it, cry out for it, and search for it like it was hidden treasure.
Ever thought about hidden treasure? What if you were given a treasure map to a hidden treasure that was of incalculable worth? What would you do with it? Would you go after it with all you had in you? Last May just before Mother’s Day my wife found a really cool looking small treasure chest in a thrift shop. We decided to fill it with ‘treasure’, bury it, and make a map and clues for the grandkids so they would have to find it. They were not passively open to the treasure chest, they were pumped! They went after it with a vengeance; running, laughing and screaming from one clue to the next. This is what Proverbs 2 tells us God’s Word is. It is treasure! It is God’s Word. It is truth, and that truth is like buried treasure. it is worth selling all to get and keep. It tells us to have insight, be discerning about the truth. Don’t let it go. Hang onto it. Why would he tell us to do that? Basically because you will be confronted with a constant barrage of partial truths, half truths, or untruths that will seek to supplant the genuine truths of God’s Word that alone can bring light and life. You can hear podcasts, read blogs, or books or Facebook posts that sound authoritative or claim to hold truth and its up to you to put on your discernment hat to be sure it doesn’t just sound good or is spoken creatively or convincingly in such a way to appeal to our more natural way of thinking. Paul says to Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:3-5 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded...”. In other words he is telling Timothy to watch out for teachers or doctrines that are seeking to “scratch an itch” rather that being rooted and founded in God’s Word. Don’t let go of sound doctrine! Be discerning! You will hear or read things that have a semblance of truth yet with just enough ‘leaven’ in it to ruin the whole batch of dough. The biblical gospel, rooted in God’s plan from before the beginning of time, must be the foundation, and at the center of all we do. The biblical gospel keeps God at the center of everything. God is the focal point, not man, so that, as Paul says, “...no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8).
So....we have this treasure that is worth everything. Use wisdom. Be discerning. Don’t let anyone steal these great doctrinal truths from you as revealed in God’s Word. They are treasure beyond compare.
Treasuring God’s Word,