Better Than Silver And Gold

A pastor who served people in a ghetto was visiting a family that was going through a difficult time of making ends meet. As he got up to leave, he noticed an old, well-worn Bible on a shelf. As he neared the door, he said, “I saw something in this room that has more value than any amount of money. I wonder if you will ever find it.”

A few days later while dusting the shelves, one of the children discovered the Bible. Holding it very carefully, she took it to her Dad, and asked, “Could this have been what the preacher-man saw? Wonder if this is what he meant.”

Holding it very carefully, he placed it on the table and took great care to open it. Then he looked down and noticed a verse that was underlined with a red pencil: “The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”

He began to weep quietly as his wife and children sat silently around him. Finally, he was able to speak and said, “This is my mother’s Bible. Before she died, she gave it to me and asked me to read it every day, and I promised her that I would. But, I let her down, and I’ve let you - my family - down. Maybe God led us to this difficult time in our lives so we would find this verse she underlined to help us, encourage us, and give us strength.”

God works in many strange and subtle ways. He even brings times of difficulty and desperation into our lives to get our attention. He has never promised that our days would always be filled with sunshine and blue skies. But, He has promised that when we look to Him and His Word, we will find salvation, hope, and encouragement.

Prayer:  Help us, Heavenly Father, to realize the wealth we will find in Your Word when we have nothing else left. Then, teach us to mine the riches found there. And Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72

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