FAITH BLOG

WHAT IS YOUR TREASURE?

When I was a young boy, I loved watching the cartoon, Duck Tails. It was a cartoon about Scrooge McDuck, a miserly old duck that scoured the world search of golden treasure to add to his massive vault. He had so much gold coin that he would actually swim in it, as one would in water. When I read Proverbs 2 today, it reminded me of Scrooge heading out on epic adventures, following scrolled treasure maps in search of ancient, hidden treasure.

Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.”

This passage is full of treasure! But it’s treasure even better than silver or gold. I’m especially struck by the conclusion of verse 5 – “then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God”.  Is the promise of this treasure available to me? Can I really know God and understand His will? Yes! The fact is that the Creator of the universe has always been about the business of revealing Himself to us. He hasn’t set our lives in motion, then hidden Himself.  Instead, He offers the treasure of knowing Him and experiencing His presence and wisdom.  One of the best parts is that the map to this treasure isn’t hidden - it is given freely to anyone willing to receive it! Check out the series of “if” statements in the first four verses:

  • Verse 1: If you will receive my words and treasure my commandments…
  • Verse 3: If you cry for discernment & lift your voice for understanding…
  • Verse 4: If you seek her (wisdom) as silver & search for her as hidden treasures…

Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. In this new year (and decade), I pray that you dive into this treasure and swim in the depths of God’s presence and wisdom!

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SUBMISSION

Submission, especially in marriage, can feel like a “bad word”, and it can even be used like one…but IT IS NOT! Unfortunately, many times it is wielded in situations to shift power or to influence things in a certain direction.  But that is such a limited view of submission. When I speak of submission in marriage, I am not referring to the wife submitting to the husband.  What I am truly talking about is two individuals submitting to God in such a way that it leads to a marriage Divinely controlled and influenced.

Submission is bringing yourself in alignment with or arranging yourself up under, someone or something. That can feel like the loss of control, but really…it is a demonstration of true control!  Christ submitted Himself to the will of the Father and went to the cross.  He laid down His life, which was an expression of true strength and control over His own will.  As He said in the garden of Gethsemene…”not as I will, but as You will.”  He made a choice.  He didn’t lose control of His life as much as He willfully surrendered it.  That is true worship.  In order for two people to have a marriage that truly honors God, they must FIRST choose to follow Christ’s example and surrender to God even when it hurts.

At the heart of submission is trust. Christ trusted His Father.  When you truly trust someone, submission rarely has to be forced or coerced.  It becomes voluntary.  If I am asked to lead someone who will not follow, my first thought is not to force them but to ask why do they not trust me enough to follow.  When a spouse sees a life truly submitted to God, trust will come over time, but when they see true selfishness they will never follow.

Secondly, whether we want to admit it or not, in marriage there is an aspect of submitting to one another.  Wives submit to your husbands…Husbands love your wives…both commands are just two different ways we submit to one another and the needs of one another.  When we submit to one another in marriage, we are not giving away control of our life.  Instead, BECAUSE we are submitted to God we voluntarily choose to submit to one another, AND we choose to submit to His order.  It’s obedience!  We shouldn’t fear or loathe any aspect of submission.  We embrace it, because it is a display of the fact that our lives are truly submitted to God.

This is why pure submission in marriage should be to God first, and out of that submission can come a fulfilling love and honor and respect for one another that will please God and ultimately be a true witness to the world.

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