I’ve never mined for gold, but the miners on the reality television show “Gold Rush” have provoked me enough to want to spend a few days searching for gold with them. It looks like fun, and exciting when they discover gold.
Very early one morning, I was awakened out of a deep sleep and felt compelled to get up and read my Bible. I began to read Proverbs, chapter three, and verses 13 and 14 specifically stood out to me. These verses say “(13) Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, (14) For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”
I began to meditate on being blessed of God and discovery of wisdom. I thought of Psalm 111:10, which says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (NIV).
As I thought on that verse, my mind traveled thousands of miles away to a place called Dong Ha, Vietnam. It was there, during the Tet offensive, that wisdom came into my heart and I received Jesus Christ into my heart and life, March 8, 1968, almost 45 years ago.
I also thought of Proverbs 9:10, which says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (NIV).
There are consequences of divine wisdom and understanding. God blesses the person who reverences him with extended life and rewards (11). But the mocker will not be blessed and will suffer for it (12).
While I was musing on these thoughts, the Holy Spirit interrupted me and said, “Search for Me, and you will find Me.”
A completely different thought entered my mind, and it was a challenge to intensely, passionately search for God. The Holy Spirit was impressing upon me to experience a God rush instead of a gold rush. I felt I needed to feverishly search for God in an earnest desire to find him. My pursuit for God must make a gold miner’s quest for gold look pale in comparison.
The prophet Jeremiah recorded the Lord’s invitation to his people in Jeremiah 29:13, in which the Lord says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart” (NIV).
Like gold, God will not be found until we eagerly, passionately seek after him. The context of this verse is in relation to prayer. The previous verse (12) says, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you” (NIV).
Again, like gold, one seeking God has to go where God can be found. God invites the seeker to “come” to him. Gold is prospected in a gold field. We prospect for God in a “God field,” which is a good reason to go to church and seek him.
In verse 14, the Lord promises, “I will be found by you, declares the Lord …” (NIV).
God has promised to be found, to be discovered by those who go looking for him. The writer of Hebrews (Hebrews 11:6) advises those who come to God to come in faith.
As we passionately search for God, we will find him and discover nuggets of wisdom in prayer and the Word of God. But we must search for Him with all of our heart.
This is my prayer: “Oh Lord God, ignite a God fever in me — a passion for you greater than a gold rush — let it be a God rush!”
The Rev. Ken Moren is pastor of Family Christian Center. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.