Are there books in the Bible that you avoid? I’ll have to admit I have a few, like Revelation and Isaiah. Why? Because I never know what they’re talking about. While I can appreciate all the word pictures, I feel like one of the disciples who asked Jesus (I’m sure with exasperation), “Why do you always tell parables.” I think the unspoken, but real question the disciple was asking was, “Why don’t you just say it, tell us what you mean. Just say what you want us to think and do, and we’ll do it.”
Sheila Walsh tel—ls stories of her summers of exploring the caves and beaches on the west coast of Scotland. She would along the edge of the water with bucket in hand and eyes focused intently on the sand for treasures. One afternoon she had walked the length of the shore, but begged for time to make one more pass because she was sure she’d missed something. And she found a diamond engagement ring.
Here’s her words (from Five Minutes With Jesus):
“Now, years later, I think of that afternoon at the shore and appreciate more profoundly that God has treasures for us if we will persevere in our search. It’s easy to read a few Bible verses and think we’re done for the day, but we miss so much when we don’t slow down, revisit our steps, and look for the treasure God always has for us in His word.
“You see, Jesus is waiting to meet us in the pages of Scripture. And His jewels of peace, grace, and love are far more valuable than anything the world can offer.”
Remember Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
Maybe it’s time that I, we, persevere in our search for his words to us, maybe try a new way of searching and listening. The treasure is there waiting for us.