Treasures of Darkness

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name” (Isa. 45:3, NLT).

The abalone that you see in my hand here in this photo is a gift I recently received. It’s now sitting on my desk, for me to marvel at daily. A constant reminder that our God delights in hiding breathtaking beauty in deep, dark places… so we can search for it and be astounded by its discovery. This seashell came from the depths of the ocean. Until someone dived way into the waters, on the hunt for mysterious treasures in clandestine places… no one but God could enjoy its loveliness.

I am amazed at the beauty of this shell that very possible might never have been found. How many more like it are still hidden in the deep darkness? I pick it up and turn it over and over in my hands. Its many colors glisten like an opal. Which reminds me, opals are another intriguing example of this same principle. Daddy also hides their exquisiteness in unseen places, enticing us humans to take up pick and shovel and explore far underground to seek them out.

Our verse for today promises that Daddy God intends for us to enjoy secret, hidden riches. Truly, anything worth possessing, is also worth searching out. The more you invest yourself in diving deep – in seeking for His heart – with all you are and all you’ve got, the more you will experience these hidden riches.

More than the answers to our questions; more than spiritual gifts; more than the joy of seeing His Spirit flow through us, transforming others’ lives… He is the unspeakably precious treasure our hearts our longing for. We may have looked in many other places for something to satiate our parched spirits, but only He will satisfy. He is the Pearl of great price. Yes, He is the hidden wealth worth giving all we own to possess. We see this twelve verses later:

“Truly, you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior” (Isa. 45:15, ESV).

He hides Himself? Why would Daddy God do that? There is an amazing explanation. It’s for the same reason He conceals priceless treasures in the depths of the earth and the depths of the sea: So that those who truly long for Him will seek Him with all of our hearts… and revel in the euphoric bliss of discovery.

Seek… and you will find!

“Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him, and he will respond to us as surely as the coming of dawn or the rain of early spring” (Hos. 6:3, TLB).

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How has God rewarded your dilligent seeking of Him?

18 thoughts on “Treasures of Darkness

  1. Jennifer
    That longing of which you speak, that can only be quelled by Him is indeed the greatest of gifts to me, as it was placed within that I might seek and find the Greatest Love. He created me with that thirst for something more, that must continually be acknowledged and praised so I have the courage and strength from Him to share what I have been so graciously given

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  2. Jennifer, though I am up in age and weak in stature and despite my many infirmities and pain, I speak with complete truth that these have been some of the most precious times of my life. Yesterday, Sunday, the morning began with much grief and misery. The enemy employed maximum force to keep me bedridden and not with fellow believes. Many tears followed and I called out to our Father for strength that surpasses understanding. The hidden treasure, that I was unaware of was a quest speaker that spoke to my sole and spirit. I worshipped, gave thanks and met a new brother in Christ with the love of Jesus in his eyes. We spent time together after service, he prayed for me as I continued to cry. What a treasure from the Lord. A new breath of life for another day. Amen Len W.

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    1. Wow. Just wow. I don’t have adequate words to express how profoundly I recognize how beautiful that is, this experience you share here. I am in awe of our Lord. And continue to pray that He would heal and strengthen and comfort and encourage and lift you up in His glorious presence and tender love. ❤

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  3. The desire to know and to understand is part of the human makeup. God is beyond our ability to know completely, otherwise there would be no need for faith. But the desire remains. And I am so very grateful that He has led me, through the path of ordination, to spiritual and academic opportunities beyond what I would have known about on my own. The quest is so enriching– a strain on bookshelf space, but so what, right? 🙂

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    1. Hehe indeed! In my case, it’s too hard to take too many books down to Peru (and they don’t sell many where I live), so e-books have been a saving grace so to speak. But I have quite the collection that I did bring down somehow when I moved here 18 years ago!

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  4. A breathlessly beautiful post. Thank you. Going deeper in the search for God can be a life journey as His Treasures and the richness to be found still holds many surprises.
    Wisdom from the Spirit can open up the Word with new revelations that inspire and bring GREAT JOY. Blessings to you and appreciation and thanks to God for your beautiful writing Gift.

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