Day 39: The Secret Of Pursuing True Riches

Oct 1, 2020

“Therefore I also…do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” —Ephesians 1:15-19 

Get wisdom! Get understanding! …Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:5, 7). 

“The secret place is pursued by those with an eye for enduring spiritual treasure. Time spent elsewhere might enable us to earn wealth on the earthly plane, but from an eternal perspective there are things we value so much more, such as wisdom, understanding, and the knowledge of Christ. 

“When we seek to ‘get wisdom,’ we are pursuing Jesus Himself because wisdom is a Person (1 Corinthians 1:30). We are also pursuing Holy Spirit fullness, for wisdom is a Spirit (Isaiah 11:2)…People of understanding seek God. Those with even half a brain will devote themselves to an abandoned pursuit of God. People who don’t seek God simply don’t get it. They’re dull and obtuse, playing the fool (see the previous verse, Psalm 14:1). 

“‘For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us’ (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). So what is ‘this treasure’ to which Paul refers? It is, ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ Simply put, the treasure is the knowledge of Christ. 

“Jesus disdains earthly riches. But He extols the true eternal riches of knowing God. When we are faithful with unrighteous money, we qualify for the revelation of the beauty of the glorious Son of God, the Man Christ Jesus…True riches are the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 

“If we have even a modicum of sense within us, we will pursue the knowledge of God with abandonment. And that’s where the secret place comes in! It’s here—with the word open before us, with hearts tenderized by the Spirit, and with a spiritual appetite that pants for the food of heaven—that we peer into the beauties of holiness in order to see Him more clearly and know His ways. 

“Lord, help us to value the treasures that are hidden in You, and grant us the appetite to seek You accordingly. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation, that the eyes of our understanding might be enlightened, that we might know You!”—Bob Sorge

My Prayer

“Lord, may I pursue the riches that lasts and not the transient vanities of this passing world. Lord, give me the wisdom and knowledge that is You—and make me desire You above all treasures on earth. In Jesus name. Amen.”

The Challenge

Pursue what will outlast you. Pursue Jesus—the true wisdom and knowledge of God.