May 29, 2017

A Scripture Treasure Hunt

I wanted to share something that might be helpful for some of you. I call it a Scripture Treasure Hunt.

You know how many study Bibles include a list of verses that cross-reference with each other? How often do you actually look those up or refer to them? And what if you don’t regularly use a study Bible?

We own quite a few study Bibles, but I usually use my “regular” ESV Bible for my devotions — the only things added in are my handwritten notes. When I come across verses that seem to correlate with each other and strengthen the overall message, I mark them down one at a time, so each verse I go to refers me to another, and that refers me to another, and so on. Like clues in a treasure hunt.

Last night I was able to take advantage of this practice.

I was praying hard about some things that are going on in our lives, praying for direction and pleading for guidance, and a few verses from Psalm 37 (3-5) came to mind, so I looked them up —

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

Next to verse 5, I had noted Proverbs 16:3 —

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

That led me to Psalm 55:22 —

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

From there, I went to Matthew 6:25-34 —

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

And from there, to Philippians 4:6-7 —

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Then to 1 Peter 5:6-7 —

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Then back to Philippians 4:19 —

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

And finally, to Psalm 107:9 —

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”

And there you have it – a treasure hunt through Scripture for the promises of God.