Buried Treasure Found!
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Monday - June 8th
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: 2 Corinthians 4:5-8
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:13-16
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this
all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
Three hundred forty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine people are disappointed today. One man is thrilled. Over the weekend, a decade long treasure hunt came to an end as one man found the treasure. Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, made the announcement Sunday on his website. Fenn estimated that just about 350,000 people from all over the country, and across the globe participated in the hunt. Some quit their jobs to dedicate their lives to the hunt fully, and some even died.
To encourage people during the Great Recession of a decade ago to get out and experience the outdoors, Fenn hid nearly $2 million in the Rocky Mountains to get people out of their homes and into the outdoors. Clues leading to the treasure's location were included in a 24-line poem published in Fenn's 2010 autobiography "The Thrill of the Chase."
"I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries," Fenn said on his website.
Discovering a treasure box is every kid's dream. The finder of the treasure has sought to keep his identity unknown. He confirmed his find by sending Fenn a picture of the treasure. Fenn confirmed the man's discovery.
The Scriptures are clear that we don't need silver or gold to have a treasure. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians chapter four that all who know Christ as Savior have a treasure. He says in verse seven, "We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." It is worth far more than rubies, diamonds, and other precious gems. This treasure is a treasure God gives us. It isn't from a human source - not from us or anyone else. But, it is in us if we know Christ. We are the jars of clay. We were made from the dust or clay of the earth.
This treasure in our hearts changes everything about our lives. There is just something incredible about what we have when we have the hope of Christ's Gospel in us. In verse eight, Paul talks about terrible things coming into our lives, but we have a powerful treasure in us that will cause us to overcome each challenge. We cannot be crushed with the hope of Christ, and we cannot reach a point of despair.
Have the images on TV lately left you frightened or frustrated? Are there people in your life that have been questioning, maybe even mocking, your faith? Do you feel worn our or weary? Remember, you have a treasure that provides you all that you need. The indwelling Christ and the richness of the Gospel can help you endure. When we have the hope of Christ deep in our hearts, we have the very best treasure anyone could ever find.
Take a moment to thank God for the powerful hope He has placed in your heart. Look at the things with which you struggle in life right now. Remember, none of those things can defeat or destroy you because of the treasure you have from God. Name those things that threaten you to God. Ask Him to remove them by His all-surpassing power. A power encased in your jar of clay!
There are times when an empty clay jar is worth far more than any treasure chest of gold, silver, and jewels you could find on earth!