By Tamra Dalbey
Some would think it too exclusive… yet as narrow minded as it sounds, there is only one truth. One day, the Truth will be realized by all, even scoffers, upon bended knee.
Jesus is who He says He is: the Way, the Truth, and the Life. What a sweet thing it is that He has chosen to share His truth with us… He doesn’t have to. He could be a demanding King, lording over us. Or a distant celestial being. But this is not the Truth we have been shown.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
This Truth came to serve.
This Truth crossed all boundaries to reach us: He put on humanity. He tore the veil—becoming our new covenant. Not even our grave could silence His reach. For our sake He has made all things new.
What a wonder that we get to behold Him and learn from Him; that Creator bends down and invests in created. He has revealed His truth to us. He hasn’t hidden His face from us or kept us in the dark… what mercy!
He is our Exceedingly Great Reward (Gen15:1).
“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)
The truths in God’s infallible Word are our treasure. They lay in wait for us… right beneath the surface. He wants us to unearth them and own them. That they wouldn’t remain bound up in a book somewhere, but that we’d ingest and take them in… and then “put them on”.
What are these truths? Really, they are—or point to— a who: the Author of Life Himself. Like Matthew 13:44 suggests, we can completely “sell out” to gain Him,
—because He is the only eternal and imperishable treasure there is.
What great wisdom it is for us to bankrupt ourselves in order to gain Him.
When we seek Him like treasure—as urgently as for a misplaced wedding ring—He is found. As sure as truth, He makes His presence known. He always shows up.
I think of all the the times the Psalmist wrote “I called” and then, “You answered”. He not only answers… He is our only answer to life abundant.
“My son, if you receive My words and treasure up My commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:1-6)
I so appreciate the description given here on how to seek. To best gain truth and understanding we need to “incline our hearts” and be “attentive” to Him. It’s our posture toward the Lord that affects how we receive from Him. To be in tune with how He’s moving, we should be open and alert, waiting with eager expectation.
It even instructs us here to “call out for insight and raise our voice for understanding”. To be willing to literally cry out (with some “gusto”) for revelation… like we NEED it!
This is what it looks like to seek God’s truth as treasure.
“…to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3)
So good; so true.
I think it’s fitting here to remember that it is possible to know every last biblical truth and yet, somehow miss the Way. I love how Jesus puts it, when addressing the Pharisees,
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
Powerful! We need His Spirit to lead us from seeking mere knowledge— to seeking Truth (capital T). To make Him our pursuit. It’s about relationship, and it’s simple enough for even small children to grasp and hold on to.
One of my very favorite aspects of His truth is that we don’t have to strive for our salvation. It is a free gift we could never earn, we only need to receive it. I love how He is both our refuge and our strength (Psalm 46:1). He wants us to hide in Him, yet He also calls us out.
I encourage you to run after Truth and seek Him with urgency. There is such blessing in our pursuit, in our hunger:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)
“You gave them bread from Heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and You told them to go in to possess the land that You had sworn to give them.”(Nehemiah 9:15)
Unlike Israel, who received these desert miracles, and yet were discontented with You…
May our hunger be satiated by You alone, Bread of Heaven; and our thirst quenched with the Water of Your Word.
“I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35).
“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.” (John 6:55)
We believe it.
Jesus, You are truth. To us Your truth is beautiful, invaluable treasure. We get to see You for who You really are, and taste of Your true character… and You are so good, so much better than we even know! We’re thankful You use the foolish things of the world (us!) to confound the wise; and the weak things to confound the strong (1 Cor 1:27). That You reveal Yourself to children. May Your kids spend our days in a “Treasure hunt”, running after You.
We’re so thankful and honored that You let Yourself be found by us.
“If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)