Real Treasure:

91-year-old world traveler, Don Miller.  (Source: The Rushville Republican)

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding–indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

Recently there was an article I read about a man whose home was raided by the FBI in an attempt to confiscate this 91 year-old man’s collection of artifacts.

Don Miller, 91, has led a remarkable life filled with world travels and research.  He never had any children, and instead spent his years devoted to science, history, and travel.   He has visited over 200 countries, and began collecting cultural artifacts nearly 8 decades ago.

This man spent his whole life collecting earthly treasures only to have them taken away in his advanced years.

As Christians, we can fill up our homes with heavenly treasures, ones that will not be destroyed by physical means.

Wisdom and understanding are even more valuable than silver and gold, and they are worthy commodities to be added to our treasure box.

According to Proverbs 3:16-22, some of the benefits of gaining wisdom and understanding are long life, happiness, ability to create and establish amazing things. Wisdom and understanding are life to the soul and grace to the neck.

I think of the wise men who searched for the baby who they knew was the Savior of the World. God guided their way by a star. When we set out to follow God, He will direct our paths.

I started the devotions this year with praise to God, with the knowledge that we have an enemy and need to be sober, vigilant, and clothed in the armor of God. We also need to gain wisdom and knowledge, because the world is being deceived by many ungodly, immoral things. We are told that unless God shortened the days, even the elect would be deceived in the end.

We are to stand firm on God’s Word, and must know what it says. If we put God’s Word in our heart, we won’t sin against Him. Proverbs 119:11.

Oh God, I am grieved for the world and for all our sins. They have multiplied many times over in these days. People are looking for the truth, but it is being watered down, and many are turning from You and going their own way. I pray that Your Word would penetrate my heart, that you would engrave it there, that I might think on it daily, and every moment. I pray for Christians to stand firm in Your mighty power, and that we would not be deceived. Send workers for Your harvest. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.



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