What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘treasure?’ To me, it is a locked chest in a secret place–maybe hidden in the ground or at the bottom of the sea. And of course there is money inside. Or gold! But what is ‘treasure’, really? Only material wealth?
With our Isaiah 45 theme, we have been looking at Bible characters who God took by the hand to lead them to treasure. Naomi is one of those.
What greater treasure could Naomi have received, after the death of her husband and two sons, than the declaration, “Naomi has a son.” In the Jewish culture, it did not really matter if Obed was her blood-line grandson. In that infant, God granted her the highest honor she could dream for.
When faced with tragedy, Naomi had refused to give up. She could have, that’s for sure! A refugee, a widow, a bereaved mother. Despite the bitterness, she took a step to go back to Judah. She mentored Ruth through cultural and relational intrigues. And she received a treasure that lasted for eternity.
Our treasures might be buried inside us as spiritual gifts and talents. They might be in the unnoticed loyalty of a friend, the sunrise that we are too busy to even see, or our secret and inner walk with the Risen Lord.
What do you treasure today? Where might it be hidden?