Saturday, November 28, 2015

His Buried Treasure

                When I was a kid I loved to play in the dirt. I was always looking for buried treasure. I am pretty sure at some point in my childhood, I wanted to be an archaeologist and be famous for my many finds. I never found any true treasures, but I did have lots of fun looking! Today I found myself thinking about archaeologists and how careful they are at planning out their digs, carefully removing the dirt from the sites and how delicately they sift through what they find. This also reminded me of our God and how careful He is with every aspect of our lives. He planned each and every one of us, and carefully and lovingly has set before us His plan for our lives. In a sense, we are His treasures, just waiting to be unearthed.

                This was in my mind today as I thought about all the upcoming changes that I am facing. I found myself telling the Lord that I had no idea what I was doing and there was no way I could do what He was asking of me. He reminded me that I didn’t know how to start a company either, but look at how far He has brought us. He reminded me once again that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that He is still the Author and Creator of it all. I am His treasure, and He is the Archaeologist of my life.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before and lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” Psalm 139: 1-6 ESV
                When an archaeologist digs up a site, they carefully dig and remove the dirt, sifting it, examining it and cataloging everything they find. God searches us much the same way. He carefully uncovers all our thoughts, all our deeds, motives, etc, and examines every aspect of them. David tells us that He examines our sitting down. He examines and sifts through where we pitch our tents, why we stay where we stay, why we dwell where we dwell. He not only examines it, He sifts through the very reasons why we made the choice to pitch our tent in that spot, and why we chose to move to a different spot. He examines every single part of our lives from the time we are born to the time we die. He not only examines our ups and downs, but He also discerns our thoughts and understands them even before we do. God sifts through our thoughts, discerning which ones are good and which ones are not so good. He distinguishes between every single one of them even before you or I think them.
                There is no thought you can think that God has not already fully examined. There is no move you can make that God has not already worked out and made straight. Romans 8:28 encourages us that “all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purposes.” If we are in His hands, if we are following His Word then nothing, absolutely nothing goes unnoticed under His care.
We are His treasure waiting to be unearthed.
                Every single moment of your life and every single thought you think, He has seen, He has sifted, He has examined and He has worked it out for your good and His glory. Nothing can shake the hedge He has build around you unless He allows it to be shaken. Our human minds are too small to grasp the greatness of His intimate knowledge of our lives. Like David said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” (vs. 6)
“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10
                If then He is examining every single speck of dust from our lives, where can we go? We cannot hide from Him because He knows where we are going to run even before our feet hit the floor. He knows where we are hiding because He saw our fear even before we did. Even if, in our haste, we try to run as far away from Him as possible, He knows where to find us. Remember Jonah? He tried to run away. He tried to avoid the call of God upon His life, but God knew exactly where he was every single second of the day. Even in the belly of the whale, God’s hand never left him. His hand was upon Jonah leading and guiding the whale to throw him up on the beaches of Nineveh. God’s hand allowed every circumstance and every event of Jonah’s life to lead him right to the place and the purpose of his very existence. Nothing happens to us that has not first been sifted and examined by the hands of our God.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.”
Psalm 139: 11-12
                God has already sifted through your excuses, your fears and your reasoning; and there is no darkness with Him. He sees it all completed and it is good and right with Him. We may not be able to see through the darkness of our fears, or the nights of our inadequacies, but God sees through them all. To Him it is naked and open, there is nothing hidden from His sight (Hebrews 4:13). He has seen the end from the beginning and has already worked it out for your good and His glory.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. You saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
                He has created you and formed everything about you. You were meant to be born and to live the life that you are now living. God knew beforehand every single thing that would happen and will happen to you for the rest of your existence. He has woven your tapestry upon His heavenly loom and it is beautiful my friend, just absolutely beautiful. It is vibrant, it is perfect and you are His. You are His treasure being unearthed right before His grace-filled eyes.
                He wrote your story down in His book. He planned your entire life, from the moment of your conception to the day you will join Him in eternity. Everything that has happened to you, every experience, and every moment of your life has been to bring you to the place and the purpose of your existence. You were created for this exact moment, for this exact purpose, for this very day. Every gift, talent and bit of knowledge you have is from Him, for Him and for the purpose He has created you for.
                Your life’s experiences, your joys, your pains, your hurts and yes, even your sins were used and will be used by God to bring you to the place and purpose He has created you for. He has written out the blueprints of your life and every nail, every wall and every doorway is just another thread He has woven in the tapestry of your life.
You are His treasure being unearthed right before our eyes.

                No matter where you are in life today, whether saved or not saved, God intended for you to read these words, at this exact moment. He has woven this moment into the story He has written about you. Perhaps you are experiencing great pain in your life right now, or perhaps you are rejoicing in the beauty of His goodness towards you, or perhaps you are standing in a doorway and fear has gripped your heart. Where ever you are sitting down or rising up at this moment, you can take comfort in the knowledge that He has woven this moment into the fabric of your life and it is beautiful in His eyes. He sees the finished work, my friend. He sees the glory that will become your life. He sees the dirt and He has made it into a masterpiece for the world to see. You are His treasure; trust Him to bring you up out of the earth. Amen?