If your house were engulfed in flames, and you had just seconds to save a treasured possession, what would it be? Your lap top? That autographed baseball? Your grandmother’s jewelry? Your kindle reader? A photo album? That Picasso original?
What possession do you think God would snatch from those flames? Well, psalmist David must have heard the question. “O Lord, you have exalted above all things your word.” 138:2c He certainly nailed that treasured possession for us.
The prophet Ezekiel must have heard it too. “I ate the scroll and filled my stomach with it.” Having prepared my heart, he then sent me with, “Go now to speak my words to the house of Israel.” 3:3, 4 What a God-given appetite!
Worn down by his self-appointed counselors’ words, Job confessed, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” 23:12 Oh, to have such an appetite!
Did you dash into those licking flames in virtual reality and snatch your treasure? Compare your choice with a grandson who braved the infernal, snatched his treasure, dashed out, hunched over, protective arms around it.
God and the angels watched as he, almost worshipfully, unwrapped his treasured possession—his great-grandfather’s German Bible. Smiling, with a slight twinkle in his eye, God said, “That young man knows value, and you can shout that in any language.”
FYI: This is the first in a three-part series on God’s treasured possessions.