A person who used to frequent the casinos told me one time, “I looked at the people gambling away their money and realized no one was smiling or laughing.” On my travels to Valley Forge last semester, I drove by a casino and often wondered why the parking lot always seemed to have so many vehicles. Why would people go to such a depressing place, knowing they will soon part with their money? The answer is “the possibility of discovering treasure.” We seem to have this deep inner desire to unearth treasure, which would then transform our life. For example, have you ever had a dream where you became instantly rich? In my devotions today, I was “captured” again by the amazing parable of Jesus…about hidden treasure. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). God made us and knows our fascination with treasure, so He provided the greatest treasure of all! This treasure of His Kingdom, although “hidden in the field,” can be found by those who seek. When you discover who God is and what He gives, you are willing to use your earthy valuables to get more of this treasure! However, do we merely stumble over God’s treasure in our quest to find the “good life”? Do we really discern the value of God’s treasure, of the presence of the King, of the blessings of the Kingdom, of the eternal life He promised? The world, like the casinos, will leave you empty and broke (and maybe addicted). The discovery of God’s treasure gives you real joy and helps you understand what is truly valuable in this fleeting experience called “life.” Spend your life going after God’s treasure! You won’t be disappointed.
Pastor Mark Boucher