The story has been told of a great adventurer and student of the Old West. The greatest thrill of his life was to search for treasures hidden from the days of the great California gold rush in the 1800s. He would begin by investigating leads on so-called “treasure maps” that had been uncovered or found in antique shops. He would buy the maps and begin to do research on the locations. When an area was located, he would search history books to see if a treasure was supposed to have been hidden in that area. If so, he would begin searching. In this fashion, he had made a number of successful finds during his life and had become quite rich through his efforts. In fact, he became so successful that his adventures became routine to the point that he tired of them.
One day, the man decided he would attempt the ultimate adventure. He would find another treasure, but this time without the help of a map. He purchased another old treasure map and figured out the general area that held the promise of a great hidden treasure. Then, he set out on his adventure without the assistance of the map. He was never heard from again. Some years later, others found his remains in a mountainous desert area. Apparently, the great adventurer had died of starvation during his quest. Alongside his bones, amongst his gear, the treasure map was found – clearly indicating where to look. He was nowhere near the treasure, but had died in search of riches that could have been easily found.
Where do you look to find spiritual treasure? Some chase after possessions to find fulfillment. Others immerse themselves in pleasurable experiences. Some long for spiritual connection, but lose heart along the way and give up. Others become convinced that they don’t need the “map” to find spiritual treasure. They believe they can find it on their own.
God’s Word – the Bible – is our treasure map. God has assured us in His Word that we can have eternal life, and through the reading, study and meditation of Scripture, we will learn how to navigate through this life. And in the end, we will find eternal treasure: living forever with God in heaven. With the Bible as our map, we are assured of never losing our way.
We are all living out the adventure of life. Where are you headed? Don’t let your soul waste away in a spiritual wilderness while a trusted map collects dust nearby. Today, take some time to read your Bible. It will help provide directions on your way to finding real treasure.
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1. In what ways has the Bible served as a map for your life?
2. How do you imagine your life would be different if you spent more time in studying the Bible?
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Mark 4:1-20; Hebrews 4:12-13
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