Would You Sell All To Buy This Field?
"I rejoice at your Word as one who finds great treasure." Psalm 119:162 The Word of God is the greatest treasure given us, and when one becomes familiar with it, he comes to realize that he has found the treasure that will be the very foundation for the rest of his life. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13:44 It is in the Word of God that one finds peace. The peace of God is not the kind of peace that one finds in the world. Most would define peace as the lack of conflict. That's the peace found in the world. But Jesus said that HIS peace is different from anything a person will get from the world. One has to experience it to understand it. It doesn't depend on the presence or absence of conflict, it is a unique peace that transcends all. " Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, NOT as the world gives do I give to you." John 14:27 It's the peace a person has who is filled with the Word of God. "Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble." Psalm 119:165 The word "law" is the Hebrew "torah," which is literally translated "teaching." The Word of God contains all the teaching God has provided for us, and if a person were to realize and understand this, he'd be joyfully willing therefore to sell all he has so he can buy the whole field, that's how valuable a treasure the Word of God is. Its worth exceeds all that any man has. The wise understand this and count the Word of God as the most valuable treasure a person can have in life. The wicked do not keep God in their hearts or in their thoughts, and they place no value on his Word at all. When the Bible says “the wicked,” it doesn’t always mean thieves and murderers. The wicked are those who have no interest in God our creator or in his Word. They go through their lives considering the Word of God "foolishness," and they proceed blindly to destruction. "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him..." 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the believer remains aware that all that he is, all that he thinks, all that he does, all of his ways - are known to God, and with that knowledge, he keeps the Word of God in his mind and heart continuously. "I keep your precepts and your testimonies, for all my ways are before you." Psalm 199:168 What is so very sad is the home in which the Bible is displayed nicely, but never read. What blindness! What lack of understanding! What a shame! God has stated in his Word that HE values his Word even above his name. "For you have magnified your Word above all your Name." Psalm 138:2
If therefore, the Lord places such supreme value upon his Word, how can a man live without it? WHY would a person choose to live without it? Pray with me: Father, reveal to me the depth of the value you place on your Word. Let it be a life-changing revelation showing that all the issues of life must stand or fall upon knowing your Word and abiding in it. Let me quench, I pray, every thought Satan puts into my heart that would keep me from knowing this, for it must be everything to us - as it is to you. In Jesus's name I pray.